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Meteor fireball recorded over the Netherlands, observed as far away as Scotland

Observers map AMS event 7938-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map AMS event 7938-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 80 reports (event 7938-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Drenthe, England, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Niedersachsen, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Overijssel, Scotland, Utrecht, Vlaanderen, Wallonie and Zuid-Holland on Sunday, December 20th 2020 around 20:16 UT.

One video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: Frank Breedijk.

The meteor fireball can be seen in the top left corner at the 0:11 mark.

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'Loud booms' in Austin, Texas lead to 911 calls but no explanation

Loud booms in Austin
Multiple loud booms woke people up overnight in south Austin. The Austin Police Department says as many as a dozen people called 911. The first call came in at 2:30 a.m.

APD says the callers described the noises as "gunshots," "a transformer exploding," and a "loud boom noise." Multiple people said they could hear at least three different booms. One caller also said this happened before in September.

"Calls to 311 being transferred to 911. 911 operator advised of multiple reports but not explanation," one KXAN viewer wrote to us. They also said they've heard the loud noises since approximately September.

Austin Police sent an officer to the area around 3 a.m. That officer drove around but did not hear the loud sounds.


'Explosion' heard across North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Stoke on Trent, UK
© trips101.com
Families across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have reported hearing a 'loud bang' this evening.

The 'small explosion' was heard echoing across the streets of May Bank, Basford, Etruria, and Hanley with many wondering what was going on.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed it was not called to any explosions in the area.

But families have still been left scratching their heads and wondering what it was.

One resident said: "There was a small explosion over May Bank. Two or more were then heard with the loudest one over Basford Park."

Another added: "There was a loud bang over Basford, it was close to our house and the floors vibrated."

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Southwestern Idaho doorbell camera catches reported meteor explosion

Fireball over Idaho
© Kool96.5
A thunderous boom and flash in the sky was reported to police in southwest Idaho over the weekend that was picked up on at least one doorbell camera in the city of Eagle. Meteorologists that have viewed the footage say it could have resulted from a piece of space debris that entered the Earth's atmosphere.

My first impression of the footage captured in Eagle on Friday night was that it looked like a large aerial firework. The fact that the object made such a loud noise that actually caused people in this neighborhood to scream out, kind of debunks that theory.


People across Ohio valley report loud, mysterious boom

Fireball over CT, MI, OH and Ontario
© AMS Meteors/Adam F.
People from Hubbard to Girard to Austintown to Youngstown and even as far as Greenville, Pa. reported hearing and feeling a loud boom Friday morning.

The sound was captured on Nicholas Serra's home surveillance camera around 7:45 a.m.

"It was a loud bang. Felt like a bomb may have gone off," said Hubbard resident Victoria Malphrus.

The source is still a mystery.

The comments came flooding into WKBN before 9 a.m. Some reported their houses shook. Others said they heard what sounded like a loud explosion.

Mirta Chapman, of the Brier Hill neighborhood in Youngstown, said she was working from home around 8 a.m. when she heard a loud explosion and her house shook.

(The sound of the boom can be heard approximately 20 seconds into this surveillance video submitted by a viewer)

Comment: On December 11th, the American Meteor Society received 22 reports of a fireball over Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario at around 00:29 UTC.

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Bright meteor fireball over São Paulo, Brazil

meteor fireball over São Paulo
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
A fireball was spotted crossing the sky in the interior of the state of São Paulo on the night of Tuesday, December 15th. The space rock entered the Earth's atmosphere at 9:35 PM BRT, when it was captured by the cameras of stations RCP3, RCP4 and CRP1, located in the cities of Nhandeara and Indiaporã, both in SP and by another 5 cameras of Clima ao Vivo in São Paulo and Paraná .

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Meteor fireball streaks over Minnesota

Observers map of event 7723-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map of event 7723-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 88 reports (event 7723-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over MI, MN and WI on Wednesday, December 16th 2020 around 12:48 UT.

One video was uploaded to the AMS website:

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Stunning meteor fireball over the Atlantic Ocean

Gulf of Cadiz meteor fireball
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This stunning fireball was spotted from Spain by the cameras operating in the framework of the SMART project on 14 December 2020, at 23:12 local time (equivalent to 22:12 universal time). The event overflew the Gulf of Cadiz (Atlantic Ocean). It was produced by a meteoroid belonging to the Geminid meteoroid stream. The bolide began at an altitude of about 100 km over the sea level, and ended at a height of around 51 km over the ocean.

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 Calar Alto (Almería), La Hita (Toledo), and Sevilla.

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Meteor fireball over Goiás, Brazil

Meteor fireball over Brazil
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
Fireball over Goiás at dawn on December 10th.

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Meteoric majesty: Geminids provide spectacular celestial fireworks display

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The Geminids meteor shower peaked overnight, with several spectacular sights captured on camera. For stargazers that missed out, fear not, as the celestial fireworks are set to continue for a few more days.

Regarded by many in the astronomy community as the best meteor display of the year, the Geminids peaked at around 50 meteors per hour. Eyewitness footage from around the world captured the phenomenon, caused by the debris trail of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon.

"[T]he predicted rate for observers in the Northern Hemisphere is closer to 60 meteors per hour," NASA officials wrote. "This means you can expect to see an average of one Geminid per minute in dark skies at the shower peak."

The Slooh online observatory, which remotely operates a number of telescopes around the world, also carries a live stream of the event.