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France expands 'FRIPON' meteor all-sky camera network

Still from video footage of a meteor fireball that exploded over the French Alps in February this year
Tracking space rocks that reach Earth will give insight into the early Solar System

Scientists in France have launched an unprecedented campaign to catch shooting stars, an effort that will rely on thousands of volunteers to comb the ground for bits of space rock.

The programme already includes 68 cameras that scan the skies for meteors, which are seen when bits of asteroid, comet or other planetary material streak through Earth's atmosphere. By the end of this year, some 100 cameras will blanket France, organizers say. That would make it one of the biggest and densest meteor-spotting networks in the world.

"If tomorrow a meteorite falls in France, we will be able to know where it comes from and roughly where it has landed," says Jérémie Vaubaillon, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory and one of organizers of the system. Dubbed the Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network, or FRIPON, it was officially inaugurated on 28 May.

Comment: Note how oblivious they are to the possibility that rates of meteorite discoveries rise and fall with rates of meteor debris hitting the atmosphere.

Note also that they're focused on finding actual meteorites, not on using the all-sky network for watching the skies and tracking the increase in meteor fireballs.

But have they even noticed that??

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Meteor fireball captured on dash cam over Sydney, Australia

© YouTube/CLEARSKIESTV (screen capture)
Whilst driving through heavy traffic towards Sylvania on my way to the Vivid Light Festival, I spotted this meteor fireball blazing across the skies of Sydney.

The time was 5:22pm on Friday 10th June 2016.

Captured on dash cam, this meteor must have been fairly large to be this easily visible while there was still plenty of light in the sky from the setting sun and the light pollution from a busy area of Sydney.

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Meteor lights up skies over western Washington

© Screen Capture Youtube
A screen grab off a YouTube video posted by Darren Clayton showing a meteor streak over the skies of Everett on June 10, 2016.
Several residents of the Puget Sound region reported a bright flash in the sky around 4:30 a.m. and a dashcam video shows it was an apparent meteor burning up in the atmosphere. Darren Clayton was on his way to work around 4:30 a.m. coming from Lake Stevens heading toward the U.S. 2 Trestle.

You can see the fireball on the video around the :50 mark.

KOMO News received several other reports of the flash stretching from Snohomish through Pierce County. There are no reports the meteor made it through the atmosphere.


Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Klickitat County, Washington

A fiery meteor-bright enough to be classified as a fireball-came crashing into the atmosphere over Goldendale on June 3, only a day after a similar fireball lit up the sky near Phoenix, Ariz.

Seventeen reports of sighting of the meteor came from Washington and Oregon residents posted on the American Meteor Society's webpage. The fireball, which is a meteor that is brighter than the planet Venus, blazed across the sky from west to east for over four seconds, according to many reports. The fireball was yellow and orange in color, and developed a green ionization trail as it entered the earth's atmosphere. Unfortunately, the lack of video capture of the event has yielded minimal publicity. Apparently the exploding Arizona asteroid was given more light.


Meteor fireball streaks over central Poland (PHOTO)

© PFN72 Krzysztof Polak
Meteor fireball over central Poland, 7 June 2016
(Translated by Sott.net)

According to the Polish Fireball Network (PKIM), a very bright meteor fireball brightened the sky over central Poland at 10:47pm on Tuesday night.

According to preliminary data, the event started at the altitude of 84 km and finished 43 km above the ground. Initial speed was 18 km/s. After 2.38 seconds, the fireball burned out and was no longer visible.

Comment: Meteor fireball events over Poland in the last few years:

1 Dec 2015 - Meteor fireball filmed over Poland
1 Nov 2015 - Fireball over Poland captured on video
9 Dec 2014 - Bright green fireball breaks up over southern Poland
20 June 2013 - Huge green fireball with red tail blazes over central Poland
18 Apr 2013 - A very bright fireball over southern Poland
11 Mar 2013 - Second fireball blazes over Poland in four days
4 Mar 2013 - Bright green fireball explodes over Poland, resulting in shockwave and 'mighty roar'
29 Nov 2012 - Spectacular blue-green fireball fragments over Hungary and Poland
19 Oct 2012 - Spectacular fireball lights up night sky over Poland
19 July 2011 - Bright fireball over Poland

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Film captures three mystery explosions and a flash of light that rocked houses and woke residents in Essex, UK

After: The man videoed a flash of bright light (circled), which occurred before the explosions were heard
This mysterious footage captures the series of loud explosions and flashes of bright light that were reported across South East England last night.

The strange noises were heard in Essex and parts of East London and many concerned locals took to social media to look for answers.

One man from Ilford filmed the sky at around 11pm and spotted the eerie flashes of light before capturing the loud bangs, which he said shook his house.

'I have a theory that it was a meteorite,' said the video maker. 'If it had been a land-based explosion there would be damage somewhere but so far no damage.'

'It was too loud to be a firework that's for sure and fireworks don't shake houses. I don't think it's a supersonic aircraft as a sonic boom does not give off light.

'I think it was a meteorite burning up in the atmosphere. This would give off light and cause a sonic boom.'

The Royal Observatory at the Royal Museum of Greenwich discredited this notion, however.

A spokesman told MailOnline: 'This doesn't have the character of a meteor, since such a blast would only occur after a sustained bright light during atmospheric entry - not a quick flash as shown in the video.

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Daytime meteor fireball blazes over St. Louis, Missouri (VIDEO)

© Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Dozens of people reported seeing what they thought was a meteor fall above the St. Louis area at about 11:40 a.m. Monday.

Reports on social media surfaced about the sight, described by some as as a flash that fell from the sky and disappeared a couple hundred feet above the horizon.

Tom Stolze, who runs the website O'Fallonweather.org, posted a video of a bright light falling in the sky (see video below) to the northwest of an outdoor camera in O'Fallon, Mo.

As of Monday night, the American Meteor Society received 77 reports of a fireball seen over Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Kentucky. Several of those reports were in the St. Louis area.

"It looked like one of the more expensive fireworks shooting down instead of up. I could have sworn it landed in the field I was driving by!" one report from Wendelin, Ill., in the eastern part of the state, said on the society site.

One person saw the flash above Berkeley: "I saw a streak of white light followed by a burst of yellow/orange before the object disappeared," he wrote.


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Bright meteor fireball visible from the entire island of Puerto Rico

A bright fireball struck the sky over Puerto Rico on June 2, 2016 at around 9 pm.

The slow meteor was visible from the entire island moving from Northeast to Southeast.

The Caribbean Astronomical Society (SAC) noted that the remarkable meteor was reported from Juncos, Vega Alta and to Mayaguez, so across the entire island.

The bolide was bright enough to outshine the clouds.

It was like a glowing sphere, like a big shooting star with a long light blue tail.

Comment: See also this other recent report from the same island on May 25th: Bright meteor fireball captured over Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico


International Space Station cameras capture meteor fireball streaking through space

© Via YouTube/SecureTeam10
UFO hunters claim to have spotted yet another unidentified object passing close to the International Space Station.

The footage, posted on YouTube by SecureTeam10, appears to show a streak of light captured by the cameras on-board the ISS.

Hundreds have commented on the video, offering their thoughts on what the object could be.

UFO hunters claim to have spotted yet another unidentified object passing close to the International Space Station. The footage, posted on YouTube by SecureTeam10 , appears to show a streak of light captured by the cameras on-board the ISS (pictured to the right of the silver module)

According to the video's narrator, SecureTeam received the footage via email from someone who was combing through hours of recordings of ISS live streams.

'This amazing footage of the ISS...has got me very excited,' said Tyler from SecureTeam.

It shows a streak of light passing behind the International Space Station when the orbiting base is in the shadow of the Earth.

The burst of light appears in the background for just a few seconds, changing colour from white to red before disappearing.

'When you look at this thing up close, it comes directly up out of nowhere, out of the darkness of space,' explains the video's narrator.

He proclaims: 'It can't be a fireball, 'cos there's no air in space - hence there can't be any fire,' before adding: 'My mind is just blown. What is this thing?'.

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Loud bang over New Zealand town remains a mystery

© Leilani Hatch/Manawatu Standard
Palmerston North's "big bang" has police and Fire Service puzzled.
The source of a loud echoing bang has the Palmerston North police and fire service baffled. A "deep resounding bang" was heard at about 10pm on Thursday, near Kelvin Grove. A police spokesperson said police attended the callout but they were not able to locate its source.

"It was a definitely a loud deep bang - nothing like a gun shot bang, which is quick and high pitch.

Palmerston North Astronomical Society member Noel Munford said the noise could have been a sonic boom created from a fire ball.

But he said if it was a fire ball, then there would have been reports of people seeing a "bright light", burning space junk, shooting across the sky. Gail Lucinsky said she heard the explosive sound from the bottom of Pahiatua Track.

"It was so loud that I jumped out of my skin thinking that one of my parents had fallen heavily and hit the wall in the room behind me."

She said she went outside to look for a source but could not find anything.

"A transformer exploding was suggested as a likely cause, but we couldn't see any part of Palmy in darkness, so it remained a mystery," she said.

Sofia Butler said she heard the explosion sound "very loud and clear" from Lombard St.

"I also heard lots of teens roaming around the streets which at the time I thought may be responsible for that big bang. I haven't heard anything like it to be fair."