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Dazzling meteor fireball turns night into day over Russian Urals (VIDEOS)

Meteor fireball over Russian Urals
© Ivan Abilev / YouTube
Residents of the Russian Urals have reported a colorful fireball lighting up the night sky before hearing loud booms. The meteor is said to have emitted red, yellow and orange light as it was falling.

The glowing object was clearly visible from the city of Ekaterinburg in the Sverdlovsk region, as well as near-by towns and communities on Tuesday night, local media reported.

Several videos now being shared online show a bright flash, followed by a brief moment of daylight. "I thought it was a star, but it wasn't! As it fell it glowed red and yellow, and behind it there was a small trail that glittered from lilac to red, yellow and orange," eyewitness Aleksandr Bortstev said in describing the dazzling phenomenon to local news website E1. He said the flash lasted for about 6 or 7 seconds. Some witnesses claimed that they heard what sounded like explosions.

Comment: The other meteor fireball within the past week over the Russian Urals is reported here: Fast moving meteor fireball captured on dashcam over Russian city A few weeks ago another meteor fireball was filmed over Ekaterinburg, Russia.

It was recently the fifth anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor which NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson referred to as "a cosmic wake-up call." See: Five Years after the Chelyabinsk Meteor: NASA's efforts in planetary defense.

Recently NASA created a 'Planetary Defense Coordination Office' with a view to track meteors headed toward Earth, and "redirect" potentially dangerous asteroids as part of a long-term planetary defense goal.

However, asteroid 'redirection' or 'deflection' remains just theoretical. A more accurate way of looking at it is that NASA is funding deflection and redirection of the topic of space threats by 'getting the message out' that 'everything is just fine'.

As Fireball Numbers Increased Again in 2017 it is well worth remembering what can come out of the sky, without any warning at all:

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Meteor fireball flashes across the sky of Newcastle, Australia (VIDEO)

Meteor fireball above Newcastle

Meteor fireball above Newcastle
This is a rare type of meteor flashing across the sky above Newcastle.

Graeme Challen's dashcam captured the moment, as he was driving east along the New England Highway towards Hexham Bridge.

"It had this incredible electric blue-green colour," he said, adding that the colours were lost in the picture because of the headlights and streetlights.

Meteor video: The date is incorrect because it hadn't been set.

Comment: Below is a chart of the number of meteor fireballs reported on Sott from 2010 to the present time - notice the initial low numbers for the first few years then the sudden huge increase that started in 2013:

For a far more deeper historical review concerning space rocks read: Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls

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Fast moving meteor fireball captured on dashcam over Russian city

© Sputnik News
A driver in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains has managed to capture the fall of what researchers claimed was an extremely fast meteor, according to local media reports.

Vladilen Sanakoyev of the Ural Federal University's educational observatory in Yekaterinburg has given his thoughts on the video with what looked like a massive falling ball of fire, local media outlets have reported.

According to him, a blue flash in the footage indicates that the celestial body was flying at a high speed when a car's dashboard camera captured the moment of the alleged meteor falling from the skies in the Russian Urals city.


Loud, house-shaking boom rattles Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

Mystery boom in PA
If you live in or around Mifflinburg, you may have heard a very loud noise Sunday night. Many people in that part of Union County reported hearing a loud boom around 8 p.m. It only lasted for a second or two, but hundreds of people in Mifflinburg and surrounding areas heard it loud and clear.

"Just a loud boom, and at the time, I thought it was thunder," Don Everitt said.

"It was extremely loud, so much so that everyone said, 'Oh my God, it sounds like it's right outside my window. My house shook, and my windows shook,'" Mifflinburg Mayor David Cooney said.

Cooney tells Newswatch 16 a large portion of the Buffalo Valley heard the boom. Many emergency agencies investigated but did not find anything.

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Meteor fireball reported over Wisconsin, US

Location map of meteor fireball over Wisconsin
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
Location map of meteor fireball over Wisconsin (AMS event 797-2018)
Citizens all across southeast Wisconsin reported seeing a meteor streak across the sky Wednesday night. Viewers reported seeing a green streak across the sky moving from northeast to southwest.

There were 67 reports of the fireball according to the American Meteor Society reports page from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Most of the reports were centered in southeast Wisconsin. Most of the reports were centered between 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Trevor Wright caught the meteor over Greenfield on his dash cam.

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Fireball amazes onlookers as it streaks across the skies of Chile (VIDEO)

fireball chile feb 25th 2018
At around 20:50 on 25th February 2018, a fireball was seen streaking through the Chilean night skies amazing onlookers. The event was documented on film by a drivers dash cam, a concert goer, and the American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 13 reports so far.
received 13 reports about a fireball seen over Región de Antofagasta, Arica e Parinacota and Antofagasta on Sunday, February 25th 2018 around 23:49 UT.

Comment: Other dazzling sightings in just the past few weeks include:

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Bolide streaks over Côte-d'Or, France

Bolide over France
Location map of people who reported their testimony of the meteor fireball on Wednesday, February 21st.
A bolide (meteor brighter than the planet Venus) was observed over eastern France on Wednesday, February 21, at around 9pm local time. It was seen over the Côte-d'Or region in particular, although many of the 110+ reports (event 693-2018) submitted to the American Meteor Society (AMS) are from neighbouring European countries of Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

In Paris, netizens said they saw a "bolide with persistent trails", a "shooting green star" or a meteorite "disintegrate" reports Ouest-France.

The phenomenon was recorded by cameras of the FRIPON network (Fireball Recovery and Interplanetary Observation Network), according to L'Est Eclair, one of which is located in Côte-d'Or, in Châtillon-sur-Seine.

Just over a week ago, on Tuesday, February 12, another bolide was captured over western France.

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Meteor fireball filmed over Ekaterinburg, Russia

Fireball over Russia
© YouTube/Phobos: Cataclysms and disasters of nature
YouTube user 'Phobos: Cataclysms and disasters of nature' filmed a bolide in the skies over Ekaterinburg, Russia.

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Mysterious boom shakes homes in Oconee County, South Carolina

Oconee, SC boom
© Facebook
Social media started buzzing Monday night about a mysterious boom that was reportedly heard and felt by people in communities across Oconee County.

The National Weather Service confirmed it wasn't weather related and the U.S. Geological Survey reported no earthquake activity. FOX Carolina also reached out to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management but those agencies hadn't received any reports. But the online discussion about what people experienced was still a heated topic on Tuesday.

Teresa Sills tells FOX Carolina, "Last night I was getting ready to go to bed. My husband had already gone to bed and all of a sudden there was a boom sound and the house actually shook and rattled."

After a check around her property, Sills posted a message to an Oconee County Facebook group.

Comment: See also: Meteor fireball seen over South Carolina (VIDEO)

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Dashcam footage captures meteor fireball over Manchester, New Hampshire (VIDEO)

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
WMUR digital managing editor and astronomy enthusiast Kirk Enstrom captured this video of what appears to be a fireball on his dashcam at 7:17 p.m. on Tuesday.