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Meteor fireball seen over Shanxi, China

We received one report about a fireball seen over Shanxi on Friday, May 7th 2021 around 16:42 UT.

For this event, we received one video.

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Slow-moving meteor fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

Meteor fireball over Med
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This slow bolide was recorded form Spain on 2021 May 14 at 4:25 local time (equivalent to 2:25 universal time). It overflew the Mediterranean Sea between the coasts of Spain and Morocco. The fireball was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 68,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 89 km over the Mediterranean Sea over a point located at about 13 km from the coast of Spain, and ended at a height of around 29 km over a point located at about 34 km from the coast of Morocco.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Sevilla.

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Meteor fireball spotted in evening skies over Cork, Ireland

The fireball was seen from many different areas of Cork last night

An unusual sight was spotted in Cork skies last night when a meteorite was filmed blazing through the sky before it had even gone dark.

Footage shared on Twitter last night shows the fireball blasting across the Cork skyline while it was still bright.

The video was taken in Ballinhassig at around 9:26pm with experts saying it would be unusual for it to be a meteorite so early in the night.

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Daylight meteor fireball filmed over San Francisco, California

A METEOR which flew through the Californian skies in broad daylight left some locals wondering if the incoming space rock hit the Santa Cruz mountains.

Earlier today, a meteor flew through the skies of California. Tens of people in California saw the meteor, most of those around the San Francisco area. Witnesses flocked to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

Some were concerned that it was going to make land surface - which it did not.

A person named Cole told the IMO: "It was extremely close looking compared to any other meteor-like object I've observed and was headed towards the direction of Briones Reservoir.

"Could've touched down not too far from my location but am unsure. Very visible fragmentation."


Loud mysterious boom has residents of south-west Sydney, Australia scratching their heads

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Experts are baffled by reports of an explosion heard across south-west Sydney with no identified sources nor any indication as to where it came from.

Authorities received multiple reports from residents saying they heard an "explosion" on Saturday night, but found no evidence of an explosion.

Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW police responded to the calls, but said they found nothing, not even a fire, to indicate an explosion had taken place.

Mystery surrounds the incident, with reports the sound was heard across Marrickville, Roselands, Bardwell Park, Campsie and Belmore.

Residents reported windows shaking, and that the sound was something like an explosion or a backfiring car, but with no visual indicators.

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Bright meteor fireball lights up night sky over Minnesota

Minnesota meteor fireball
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 39 reports (event 2671-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over MN, ND, SD and WI on Sunday, May 9th 2021 around 08:03 UT.

For this event, it received 6 videos and one photo.

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Meteor fireball streaks across the Greater Antilles

Meteor seen across Puerto Rico at approximately 8:02 PM Friday 7th May 2021
© La Sociedad de Astronomía del Caribe
Meteor seen across Puerto Rico at approximately 8:02 PM Friday 7th May 2021
A bright meteor was spotted across the night skies of the Greater Antilles on Friday night. Those who spotted it say the brilliant meteor appeared as a "huge green ball with a long tail."

The meteor was visible from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba at approximately 8:02 PM Friday 7th May 2021.

According to the Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC), "It was a space rock of metallic content friction with our atmosphere."

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A huge, glowing fireball lights up the sky over Japan

A glowing object crossing the sky was captured on Monday night over the Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures in Japan. The phenomenon was captured on video by cameras in the area and seen by several witnesses who described it as a ball of light, pick up the chain NHK.

Satoshi Imamura, an expert in space issues, dispelled doubts about the nature of the object and explained that it was a bright shooting star known as a fireball or bolide. The intense luminosity occurs when dust and asteroid fragments in outer space enter the atmosphere and burn.


Meteor fireball spotted on deputy's dashcam in Collier County, Florida

A Collier County deputy captured a unique phenomenon on her dashcam while out on patrol this week.

Cpl. Nicole Medenwald saw a meteor, and rather than savor the memory, she got to review the proof!

The Collier County Sheriff's Office said she had just come from conducting a traffic stop. She repositioned her patrol car to face North 15th Street to watch for cars.

"I saw a green light and then it lit up the sky," Cpl. Medenwald said. "It reminded me of lightning at night the way the sky lit up."

Cpl. Medenwald said she's seen meteors before but has never seen one break the atmosphere and light up the sky.


Flaming meteor fireball seen in Oman's sky

The Sultanate on Wednesday evening saw the emergence of a flaming fireball in the sky over some regions.

Speaking exclusively to the Times of Oman, Yusuf bin Zahir Al Salmi, Official of Al Huwqain Astronomical Observatory, said: "Eyewitnesses from Al Huwqain, Wadi Bani Ghafir villages in the Wilayat of Rustaq in South Al Batinah Governorate and from the Wilayats of Ibri, Yanqul, and Dhank in Al Dhahirah Governorate, reported that at exactly 8:28 pm on Wednesday's evening the 15th of Ramadan, April 28, 2021, a very bright white light was seen tending to blue, penetrating clouds, starting from the northeast, heading to the southwest, and after a few seconds an explosion followed."