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Evening meteor fireball lights up skies from Ontario to Massachusetts

© AMS Meteors
Heatmap of witness location and first estimated trajectory.

More than 160 reports

The AMS has received over 160 reports so far about of a fireball event over seen over Pennsylvania on November 1st, 2016 around 08:15pm EDT (Nov. 2nd ~ 00:15 UT). The fireball was seen primarily from Pennsylvania but witnesses from Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Massachusetts, Delaware and Ontario (Canada) also reported the event.


Below is the map of the witnesses location with the first estimated trajectory. The preliminary estimated trajectory plotted from the witness reports shows the meteor was traveling from the North East to the South West and ended its flight near the Pine Creek Valley.

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Multiple people across northeast U.S. report seeing fireball Tuesday night

The American Meteor Society says they received more than 160 reports of a fireball sighting on Tuesday night.

Primarily seen in Pennsylvania, the fireball was also spotted over a number of northeastern states, including New York. Many people in Buffalo said they saw it.

The sightings occurred around 8:15 p.m.

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Meteor fireball streaks across northern Japan (VIDEOS)

Fireball streaks across northern Japan
People in northern Japan saw a rare fireball streak across the sky early Monday.

A Nippon TV weather camera captured video of the fireball. The fiery, greenish object shot across the sky for 15 seconds before vanishing to the northeast.

One astronomer said the object was likely a brighter-than-typical meteor, which is technically called a fireball. The astronomer speculated that it could have been caused by space debris such as a satellite fragment burning up as it entered the atmosphere.

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Meteor fireball filmed over Cordoba, Spain (VIDEO)

Slow cometary fireball on Oct. 26 (at 23:57 UT)

This fireball was observed over the South of Spain on Oct. 26, at 23:57 UT (1:57 local time on Oct. 27).

The event was produced by a sporadic cometary meteoroid that hit the atmosphere at about 94000 km/h.

The fireball began at a height of 90 km over the province of Cordoba and ended at a height of 40 km over the Mediterranean Sea.


Hoax? Lightning strikes 'UFO' above Austria as crowd gathers to watch New Year's fireworks (VIDEO)

© Marie Mela
An Austrian student's video of a UFO-like object captured while lighting New Year's fireworks has gone viral after it was posted online.

Marie Mela from Vienna was enjoying the New Year with friends in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria, famous for the large number of pear orchards from where schnapps and cider are made.

But she insists that the video on her Facebook post is genuine, and has appealed in her message for anybody else who saw the phenomena to get in touch.

The video shows a group of young people outside with the clinking of champagne glasses, and the sound of the Danube waltz traditionally clearly heard playing as it is a New Year tradition in Austria as people wish each other all the best for 2016.

Comment: Hmmm, lightning in Austria in the dead of winter? Not likely, say local meteorologists:
However, weather experts have cast doubt on the video's authenticity, telling the Kurier newspaper that there was no lightning in the Mostviertel area on New Year's Eve. "We have also seen the video, and we checked the weather conditions at the time. There was no lightning in the area," Ubimet meteorologist Roland Reiter said.
We've seen lightning strikes light up and possibly even hit UFOs before, but this would be the first time we've seen lightning strike one of these spiraling comet-like UFOs, which have been sighted a number of times all over the world in recent years:

Reading Celestial Intentions Through the Wrong End of the Telescope: Missiles, UFOs and the Cold War

Many of these cone-shaped 'UFOs', which usually begin as bright objects crossing the sky at apparently very high altitudes, and whose tails then fan out before the main object appears to 'separate' and create a spiral formation, behave so much like rockets launched into space that we've found it all but impossible to discern them from 'UFOS' (which, we suspect, are actually comet fragments entering, not leaving, the upper atmosphere).

The very high altitudes involved conflict with the scenario presented in the above video: lightning like this, at the level of clouds, should occur far lower than any comet-like tail.

For what it's worth, the original uploader, Marie Mela, insists the video is genuine, despite frame-by-frame analysis appearing to reveal flaws in the footage.

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Meteor fireball captured on dash cam over Colorado (VIDEO)

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Denver -- It's a sight not many people are fortunate enough to see, but one that a Colorado resident was fortunate enough to capture. Denver7 started getting calls about a meteor falling from the sky at around 6:50 p.m.

One viewer who did not wish to be identified told Denver7 he was at Holly and 120th Avenue when he spotted the falling rock going down in what he said appeared to be an area near Sports Authority Field. He said it happened at around 6:45 p.m.

At around 8:30 p.m., a Denver viewer from Littleton emailed the newsroom and said he caught the meteor on his dash cam on his way home Thursday evening. "It was traveling to the south," the viewer told Denver7.

He said he was driving near the area of Bowles and Wadsworth in Littleton when the sighting took place.

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Bright meteor fireball illuminates sky over Buryatia, Russia (VIDEO)

© Youtube/Lev Abashkin (screen capture)
According to baikal-daily.ru there have been numerous reports of a bright meteor fireball exploding over the Buryatia region of Russia on 25th October. Some reports on social media sites (translated by google) include:
"For the Barguzin ridge, close to Lake Baikal, just fallen meteorite !!! It was as bright as day five or six seconds! Sensation!"

"Around 19:00 .. it fell from the sky shone brightly Kameta green (for the size is quite large)"

"Somewhere at 19:30 in the sky flew whether comet whether a meteor. There was a powerful flash. Who else saw? Kurumkan!"

"Have you seen this ??? I went at 19:40 on a grandmother and suddenly glow in the sky at the likeness of a meteorite or green satellite"

"Today, about 19: 50, was a strange flash in the sky. Flew what looked like a comet with a green tail."

"Has anyone seen about 19:40 dropped something like a meteorite seen in gurulbe fell apart Sotnikovo bright green color is very beautiful, no sound, nothing."
The Republic of Buryatia is located in the south-central region of Siberia along the eastern shore of Lake Baikal.


Bright meteor fireball recorded over Espirito Santo, Brazil (VIDEO)

The meteor fireball was recorded by a monitoring station
A bright meteor fireball was recorded on Thursday 20th October 2016 by a monitoring station over northern Espirito Santo, Brazil, at 03:56AM.

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'Meteor-like objects' fall in Peerumade, India

Meteor-like objects that fell in Peerumade on Tuesday night created moments of tension.

District Collector G.R. Gokul told The Hindu that the image he received was similar to meteoroids and the Peerumade police were directed to cordon off the area.

However, the image was not of a rock, he said adding that people were advised against coming in contact with the objects.

A team of officials led by a senior scientist from the Geological Survey of India would examine the objects on Wednesday, he said. Meteoroid is a rocky or metallic body in the outer space. When coming into contact with the atmospheric pressure, it burns. A police officer said that they had alerted the people about the fallen objects and they would not be allowed to go near the objects.

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Wisconsin university rooftop camera picks up meteor fireball flying over Madison

© UW Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
The UW Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences caught a meteor streaking through the sky south of Madison around 9:20 p.m. on Monday on their rooftop camera.

Comment: Another fireball was reported the same day at 6:00am across the Great Lakes in Ottawa, Canada.

Meteor fireball seen shooting over Ottawa, Canada