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Bright meteor fireball spotted over southern Spain

Fireball over Spain
© University of Huelva/Prof. Jose M. Madiedo
YouTube user 'Meteors' reported a bright meteor over Spain on April 1, 2018. The meteor flew over the provinces of Granada, Almería and Murcia. The event was recorded by the SMART Project (University of Huelva) from the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo) and Sevilla.


Sonic boom, flash of light caught on home security camera in Cleveland, Ohio

Fireball over OH
© YouTube/ctalj3
On March 28, 2018, YouTube user 'ctalj3' recorded a 'flash and boom' on her home security camera. She reports that the boom rattled her whole neighborhood and reported the event to American Meteor Society (AMS Event 1245-2018).


Sky-watcher videotapes big, bright and loud meteor fireball in NE Alberta, Canada

fireball aurora borealis
Paul Smith was nodding off in his vehicle at 2 a.m. on March 19 while watching and taking photos of the aurora borealis when he awoke to a bright light.

The 39-year-old thought he was dreaming — but he was able to grab his camera and point it in the right direction.

"I was kind of tired, so what surprised me was that I had the wherewithal to kind of think to turn it on," Smith said Friday.

What he captured on video at his spot near Anzac, Alta. was what Smith thinks was a meteor.

"The biggest, brightest thing I've ever seen," he said.

In the video, the fireball can be seen moving through the sky, bright green in colour, before flashing bright white and orange in succession before flaming out. Smith said he could hear a bang while it flamed out.


Mysterious light, loud boom startles residents in San Jose, California

Fireball over San Jose, CA
A mysterious light in the sky and a loud boom rattled some South Bay neighborhoods late Sunday night.

Hundreds of people who live near Branham High School in South San Jose reported on the community network Nextdoor hearing it Sunday just before midnight.

"You can see this is coming from way over on this side," Dale Johnson said while viewing video of the mystery light. The video posted to a South San Jose Nextdoor page shows a small light travel across the sky for about a minute. Then there's a flash and boom.

"Yeah that doesn't do it justice at all," Johnson said of the audio.

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Dash cam captures meteor fireball's flight across Colorado sky

pic dash
An early morning driver on a Colorado road captured video of a fireball streaking across the sky near the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The video, recorded about 5:20 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 25 in Gleneagle, shows a bright flash of light appear to fall toward the earth.

The filmer said they suspected the object was a meteorite.

"I was driving my truck north on I-25 in Colorado when I saw this flash from what I presume is a meteorite. It was 5:20 a.m. local time just past the exit for the USAF Academy," the filmer wrote.

The American Meteor Society noted multiple fireball reports in Colorado at the time of the video.

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White ball with green halo over France

green fireball
© Yang Sutie
question asked on 22-03-2018 by Kodiak, de Gujan mestras

Good evening. This evening Wednesday 21st March around midnight 15, I saw a white ball with a green halo falling vertically above my neighbour's house in Gujan Mestras in Gironde. It didn't look like a shooting star that I've seen several times. Thank you for your explanations

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Fragmenting meteor fireball observed over Tucumán, Argentina (VIDEOS)

Argentina meteor fireball
© YouTube/Noticias Formosa (screen capture)
On 9th March 2018 at 02.30 thousands of people in Tucumán, a small province in northwest Argentina, witnessed a fragmenting meteor fireball overhead according to La Gaceta Tucumán.

The phenomenon was captured on video.

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Meteor fireball reported in the sky over Western Washington - UPDATE


File photo
Numerous people along the Washington coast and as far inland as Montesano on Wednesday night reported a loud boom and a flash in the sky, Grays Harbor Emergency Management said.

"Some report their home shaking," the agency said.

"Grays Harbor Emergency Management has contacted the National Weather Service in Seattle about our incident and was told we were not having a severe weather event at the time of the reported ground shaking, loud boom and flash of light in the sky," the agency said.

"The WA State Duty Officer contacted the FAA and the Western Air Defense Sector and was told they had no problems. There was NO earthquake. There are no reports of explosions or crashes on the ground. We will continue our investigation of the incident and will forward any information we receive."

Comment: Dr. Marc Fries with the NASA Johnson Space Center reports this particular bolide was the size of a minivan and one of the largest in 20 years.
This was one of the largest bolides produced in the past 20 years, Fries said. It came into the atmosphere as one rock, roughly the size of a minivan. Made up of rock and ice, it quickly broke down into smaller pieces, with the largest pieces - about the size of a brick - hitting the ocean.
Update - 15 March, 2018:

KGW8 reports:
The meteor explosion off Washington's coast shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 is considered the biggest over the continental U.S. in nearly two decades, according to the American Meteor Society.

A Doppler radar image from Marc Fries with NASA and NOAA, shows the giant dust cloud as the bolide meteor exploded 20 miles off the coast.

Each level is another radar sweep, and Mike Hankey with the American Meteor Society said via email it likely dropped hundreds, if not thousands, of meteorites.

While meteor and space fans have expressed disappointment that there are no meteors to find on the ground. The last explosion in this size range was on March 26, 2003, when a bolide meteor exploded over a southern Chicago suburb of Park Forest, Illinois, damaging homes and cars. There were no reported injuries or fatalities.

WA bolide doppler image
© Marc Fries NASA/NOAA
A doppler radar image shows the giant dust cloud as the bolide meteor exploded 20 miles off the coast.

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Bolide? Mysterious loud boom shakes Oklahoma, locals report green and orange flashes

A meteor shower
© Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A meteor shower
Residents across Oklahoma and Texas were jostled from their daily routines after hearing a loud boom Tuesday afternoon. Many were left scratching their heads and watching the skies for the source of the explosive phenomenon.

While the US Geological Survey has not reported any earthquakes in the region, the National Weather Services in Norman, Oklahoma has said it is possible that the deafening boom was the result of "a 'bolide' or the breaking up of a meteor."

A flurry of baffled residents shared their comments online, trying to make sense of the afternoon shocker. One nearby resident offered his account of the mysterious heavenly "green light" he spotted that afternoon.

"Meteor flew over Oklahoma City today at about 16:20, with a sonic boom and some shaking in nearby Norman! Was beautiful green and orange streak in the daylight," he tweeted.

Comment: See also: BOOM! Mysterious blasts rattling the skies are on the increase around the world - UPDATE at least 64 documented events (VIDEO) and Michigan Meteor Event: Fireball Numbers Increased Again in 2017

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Spectacular meteor fireball spotted over New Zealand

© iStock
Dairy farmer Brent White says the meteor he saw on early Saturday morning was "spectacular".
A Manawatu farmer has discovered the importance of carrying a cellphone after he saw a spectacular fiery meteor display but couldn't get a photo.

Dairy farmer Brent White saw the "spectacular" meteorite fly right in front of him at around 4:30am on Saturday when he was bringing cows into the dairy shed.

"I'm hoping someone else saw it... I didn't have my phone on me unfortunately."

Mr White says he ran back to the shed to see if the milk tankers at the shed had seen the meteor, but they were busy working and missed it.

"It was spectacular. It was surreal. It was such a clear morning... and all of a sudden at about 4:35, out of my left eye I saw a bright light.

"It was definitely a meteor; it was a ball-like formation with a vortex."