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Exploding meteor fireball brightens night sky in Albacete, Spain

This bright exploding meteor turned the night sky into day for a fraction of a second on 31 March 2016. The fireball was filmed over Spain at 2:36am UTC (4:36am local time).

The event was produced by the impact of a cometary fragment with the atmosphere at a velocity of about 90.000 km/h.

The impacting rock got ten times brighter than the moon.

The fireball was recorded by cameras placed at the observatory of La Hita in Toledo, when the fireball flew across the sky of the province of Albacete. It has also been reported by skywatchers in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Murcia and Andalusia.


Bright meteor fireball filmed over Oliveira, Brazil

A very bright bolide captured by SONEAR meteor camera:

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Strange object spotted falling from the sky over South West England

Photos have surfaced of what appears to be an object falling from the sky. Gudrun Limbrick posted the photo in the Facebook page A Place In North Devon.
© Gudrun Limbrick
These photos were captured by Gudrun Limbrick this evening.
People have been coming up with possible explanations including a meteorite, plane entrails or a strange cloud. It was seen from all over North Devon including in Combe Martin and Braunton.

Gudrun said: "I live in Woolacombe and popped my head out the door to have a look at the post-sunset sky about 8pm. I watched it for about 20 minutes as it moved down the sky and changed shape."

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Disintegrating fireballs explode over Manitoba, Canada and Catalonia, Spain

© Via YouTube/Cloud
Two bright fireballs were recorded in Canada and Spain end of March 2016.The Spanish bolide slowly disintegrated in the sky of Aragón and Catalonia on March 24th, 2016 at 0h47m20s UTC. The Canadian space rock was captured flying through the night sky of Churchill, Manitoba. Awesome!

This wonderful slow-moving fireball overflew Aragón and Catalonia on March 24th, 2016 at 0h47m20s UTC and was recorded by cameras at the Folgueroles AAO-CSIC-IEEC station (Pep Pujols/J.M.Trigo).

The fireball experienced periodic changes in its luminosity due to the fast spinning of the meteoroid when it penetrated Earth's atmosphere.

Fireball filmed in the sky of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada on March 26, 2016.

There is no comment on the video. But the video of this exploding fireball is awesome:

Did you hear any booms or weird noises related to these two sky events?

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Rare meteorite fragments discovered from March fireball in Stubenberg, Germany

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside. This image shows how the meteorite looks under the polarising microscope
Scientists have discovered fragments from an extremely rare meteorite strike that took place above Germany earlier this month.

Experts from Munster said they are 'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the 'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside.

The latest fragments, which struck the earth in the municipality of Stubenberg in Bavaria, are already being studied excitedly by experts, who anticipate more fragments will still turn up.

The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March.

The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March (pictured)
Meteorite expert Professor Dr Addi Bischoff from the Institute for Planetary Studies at the University of Munster (WWU) said: 'Alert sky watchers spotted the meteorites burning into the atmosphere on 6 March.

'By analysing images of the entry, we were able to locate the impact point and find fragments on the ground, in total weighing 40g.

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Green meteor fireball spotted in South Florida by dozens of people

The American Meteor Society said this morning that dozens of people are reporting to have spotted a bluish or green fireball over South Florida at about 6:30.

More than 40 reports were made to the AMS from people who claim to have witnessed the event from Kendall to Jupiter. Nine reports came from people in Palm Beach County.

Mike Hankey, operations manager for the American Meteor Society, said it was a random fireball and not part of a known meteor shower.

"Lots of folks are talking about it," Hankey said. "It only happened three hours ago, so not much information yet."

A report from a West Palm Beach man says the fireball cut a long trail across the sky.

"Train was glowing an iridescent or almost neon blue with white edges," the man reported. "Looked like it was 300-500 yards behind the fireball itself but was still attached to the head of the fireball."

Estimated trajectory of this morning’s fireball based on witness reports.

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Bright meteor fireball fragments over the Netherlands, Belgium and UK

© Fireballs.imo.net
Shortly after midnight on Saturday March 26, 2016, a meteor fireball was spotted over the Netherlands, from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Cuijck, Pijnacker and Zoeterwoude. The fireball was reported to have a blue bright color, while others recalled a green color. It was also witnessed in Belgium, the UK, and northern France.

"It looked like the blue light of a police helicopter, but it moved too fast and too diagonally," a resident of Rotterdam said. Readers of the Dutch 'Astroblogs' website reported seeing a 'green, luminous phenomenon'.

Another reader, Remco Haring, reported seeing something passing by 'for two seconds', and which 'ended in a green or blue light'. Haring described it as appearing to have 'consisted of multiple parts', indicating that the meteor fireball disintegrated into fragments.

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Green metor fireball seen across England on St. Patrick's Day was brightest ever recorded (VIDEOS)

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Meteor over Ringwood in Hampshire, UK
A bright meteor has been sighted over Britain in the early hours. Witnesses have described the object as a green flash moving south to north for a few seconds, leaving a magnesium-white trail. Sightings have been reported in locations including London, Hampshire, Stafford and on the east coast of England at 03:16 GMT.

Its colour has prompted people on Twitter to describe it as the St Patrick's Day meteor.

Describing the meteor as "spectacular", Dr John Mason of the British Astronomical Association said it was bright enough to be categorised as a fireball. He believes it was a piece of cosmic rock which almost certainly came from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. He said the green colour was caused by the meteor heating up the oxygen in the earth's atmosphere.

Richard Kacerek, from the UK Meteor Observation Network, told the BBC it had received reports from across the country. He said the network's camera at Church Crookham in Hampshire had captured the meteor from the west. "This is the biggest meteor sighting we have recorded," Mr Kacerek said. "It lasted for a few seconds. It was seen for hundreds of miles. We have received a number of emails."

Comment: Because it was the brightest ever recorded over the UK, they're also saying it was the largest.

Things are heating up!


Rate of meteor fireballs over US so far in 2016 is higher than 2015

© American Meteor Society
It's raining fireballs all over the place
While March is usually a slow month for meteor showers as none of the major annual events occur this month, the American Meteor Society has reported six major fireball events since March 1 and NASA says fireballs can increase as much as 30 percent in spring.

A fireball is defined as a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus and usually has a bright trailing tail.

The reason for the increase in fireball activity is "still unknown," NASA says, but one thought is simply that more space debris litters the Earth's orbit near the spring equinox, which is March 20.

Comment: Sure, more space debris is littering Earth's orbit near the spring equinox now - as in, this is a new phenomenon!

According to the AMS, 2016 has seen an increase in the number of reported fireballs. Since Jan. 1, 910 fireballs have been reported through its online report program, compared to 839 reports received during the same time last year.

Comment: Whoever at NASA made these statements clearly hasn't checked their own data. February and March are typically among the lowest months for fireball numbers.

It's looking like the overall trend will be way up this year, with much more to come in the typically more active second-half of the year.

For spectacular footage of just some of the hundreds of meteor fireballs that lit up the night sky the world over last month, check out our latest instalment of the SOTT Earth Changes Summary video:

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2016: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

See also:

NASA space data supports citizens' observations: Meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically

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Camera at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park captures meteor fireball followed by strange flash of light

© Youtube/Kat Martin2016 (screen capture)

Watch this awesome fireball disintegrating in the sky of Yellowstone National Park just near Old Faithful Geyser on February 29, 2016. But what is this big flash of light toward the end of the recording? OMG an earthquake light?

This timelaspe video shows a fireball striking over the Yellowstone National Park on February 29, 2016. But at the end of the footage, 25 seconds after the beginning, a bright flash of light cuts off the silent darkness.

Comment: Indeed, much time seems to pass between the streak of light, which could well have been another incoming meteor fireball, and the flash of light. The two events do seem to be related though. A possible plasma discharge event?