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Asteroid NY65 - Another close call to occur in June

Asteroid heading to Earth
© CCO
NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOs) is closely observing all asteroids approaching our planet within a distance of 0.05 astronomical units. In human terms, it may seem like nothing, but large space rocks can have a significant impact on Earth - even from a million-kilometres away.

The Apollo-class asteroid 441987, also dubbed 2010 NY65, will closely approach Earth on 24 June, according to NASA's tracking table.

The space rock is measured at between 140 and 310 metres, based on the way it reflects lights, and is estimated to be a small object in NASA's terms. However, it will approach our planet at a speed of 12.98 kilometre per second, coming as close as 0.02512 astronomical units to Earth.

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Spectacular green fireball blazes over western Siberia

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Bewildered residents in Russia have witnessed a spectacular glowing meteor shooting across the night sky. The incident was caught on CCTV cameras and was seen from several locations.

The dazzling object was seen travelling over the city of Kansk in western Siberia and several other areas of the Krasnoyarsk Region at around 22:40 local time.

Some local media reported that witnesses also heard a "loud bang." However, top local emergency official Eduard Bille told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that everything was quiet.
It literally lasted several seconds; a bright ball crossed the sky and disappeared somewhere near the ground. It was all quiet: no bangs, no blasts, nothing.

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'Like a bomb!' Loud boom causes homes to shake in East Yorkshire, England

Mystery boom (stock)
© Globe Gazette
People reported feeling their houses shake and a loud noise over East Yorkshire on Thursday in what was thought to be a sonic boom.

Many living in the region took to social media to ask others if they had felt the earth moving and heard the sound that "reverberated" at around lunchtime on Thursday, May 14.

One man said: "Everything shook! Like a bomb!"

Another social media user said: "It felt like something had hit the house."

The strange activity was soon explained as a sonic boom - a very loud sound caused by shock waves created by any object that travels through the air faster than the speed of sound.

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Meteor fireball lights up sky over parts of southeast US

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The May 14, 2020, light in the sky can be seen in the upper left corner of this photo.
A fireball and bright flash were reported across portions of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas early Thursday morning.

A bright flash was seen by some in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry around 12:45 a.m. The sight was even captured by some home security cameras.

Several reports were logged by the American Meteor Society. Fireballs, shootings stars, etc. are fairly common sights across the world. But, of course, it has to be pretty dark (and clear) to truly notice them.


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Meteor fireball seen streaking across the sky in Natchez, Mississippi

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For one Natchez resident, a late-night trip out of his house turned into an otherworldly experience when he spotted a bright orange fireball streak across the sky.

"It scared the heck out of me," Alex Sandel said Monday morning. "It was bright orange, red and spinning."

Living near Merit Health Natchez, Sandel said he has stepped outside to watch a helicopter take off from the hospital's helipad Sunday evening at approximately 10:15 when he was startled by the fireball streaking across the sky.


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Stargazer captures intriguing meteor fireball explosion over Oregon

Fireball over OR
© Wade Earl
An amateur stargazer was lucky enough to spot the exact moment a fireball hit the sky, discharging a fantastic bright aura. Wade Earl from Oregon captured a meteorite explosion during the Lyrid meteor shower.

The image, taken on April 21, 2020, was sent to the IMO (the International Meteor Organization) and AMS (the American Meteor Society) displays the meteor seemingly shattering twice as it reaches the atmosphere, meaning that Earl captured a double bursting fireball. In the image, we can spot the "W" of Cassiopeia lying to the lower right of the fireball.

Various space objects, such as comets or asteroids, produce a bright explosion of fore when they reach the sky. Air flows into cracks and pores of the rock, dragging apart and causing it to burst. Fireballs, on the other hand, are meteors that might be brighter than anything else ever seen.

Meteorite Explosion Lit Up the Sky over Oregon

Due to their speed at which they touch the Earth's atmosphere, fragments bigger than one millimeter can produce a bright light as they streak through the sky. These bright meteors are also dubbed fireballs, and they sometimes strike awe or fear for those who spot them.

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Woman spots 'ball of fire' streaking across sky over her garden in Liverpool, UK

Fireball over Liverpool
© Lottie Blake
A woman was startled to see a "ball of fire" streaking across the sky over her back garden.

Lottie Blake, 30, had just finished having dinner with her sister, yesterday evening, when she went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea.

However, as she was putting the kettle on she said she noticed something out of the window overlooking her back garden.

Lottie, from Whiston, told the Echo : "It was yesterday evening at about 8.00pm.

"We had just had our dinner so I went to the kitchen to make everyone a cuppa when I saw something out of the window.


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Video captures exploding meteor fireball over Washington state

Puget Sound meteor
© YouTube/Bioluminous Commercial Photography (screen capture)
An apparent exploding meteor made for an incredible sight... and sound across parts of the Puget Sound region in Washington state Wednesday evening.

Several reports into the American Meteor Society indicated a brilliant white and colorful object streaked across the skies around 7 p.m. or so, culminating in a flash and then after a few minutes' delay, a massive explosion.

"Huge boom that shook the house," reported one witness in Brier. "It was the loudest boom I've ever heard."

A video from Scott Story with Bioluminous.com shows the streak as seen from a home surveillance camera, followed by the explosion about three minutes later:


Comment: Just over one week ago another meteor fireball was spotted across several Washington State counties with boom-like sounds reported.


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Truly spectacular meteor fireball breaks apart over northern Spain and Portugal

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Residents of Portugal spotted a bright fiery object streaking across the sky over the country. Based on reports by eyewitnesses, it seems a small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere and turned into a meteor fireball over Portugal.

Details of the incident were reported by the American Meteor Society (AMS). According to the organization, the fireball incident was spotted by eyewitnesses from the states of Lisboa and Setubal.

According to the eyewitness reports, the fireball event occurred on April 28 at 4:47 a.m. UT or around 12:47 a.m. EDT. The reports indicated that the fireball had a magnitude or general brightness that ranged from -6 to -17, which means it was much brighter than the planet Venus when viewed from Earth.


Comment: It was also seen from northern Spain:



Not one week later, this meteor fireball was caught on camera above Spain's Costa del Sol.


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Meteor fireball caught on camera above Spain's Costa del Sol

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The phenomenon occurred when a rock from an asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere and could be seen from Andalucia, Extremadura and Castilla la-Mancha.

Detectors from the SMART project, part of the astronomical observatories in Huelva, Sevilla and La Hita (Toledo) have registered the passage of a fireball over Spain at 82,000 kilometres per hour, which has been seen from Andalucia, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha .