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Impressive meteor fireball reported over SW France

SW France meteor AMS observers map
© AMS (screen capture)
AMS observers map - Event 1061-2019
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 64 reports about a meteor fireball seen over Catalunya, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie on Wednesday, March 6th 2019 around 20:58 UT.

Many of these reports describe an impressive phenomenon according to actu.fr. A resident of Lot-et-Garonne explains having observed a "meteoroid", "brilliant" , "sparkling" and so "close" that she had the impression that it was going to crash around her house .

"This is the first time I see a phenomenon as long and as big, I thought a plane on fire," said a resident from Tarn-et-Garonne. Another one even reported "a big boom" on the side of Tarbes.

On Twitter too, people wondered what they saw.

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Meteor fireball seen in Houston area, Texas

Just two weeks after a fireball was seen in the Sugar Land sky, another light has UFO enthusiasts looking up.

Jason Velazquez captured the video above on his dashcam as he was driving in Hockley around 11 p.m. on Sunday.

In the video, you'll see a little bright spot at the top of your screen move across the sky.

According to the American Meteorological Society's website, there were seven reports overnight of fireball sightings in the Houston-area including four in Cypress.

It appears several people may have seen some movement happening in the sky last night.

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Meteor fireball reported over Canadian Maritimes

Canadian Maritimes meteor
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map of event 843-2019.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 57 reports about a meteor fireball seen over ME, New Brunswick, Nouveau-Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Québec and Quebec on Saturday, February 23rd 2019 around 23:57 UT.

Eye witness reports from CBC Canada include:
"I saw a light travelling west to east, quite a bright ball cutting a trail," she said. "But it wasn't as fast as any meteor that we've ever seen. We've seen some fairly slow ones, but this was slower. But it wasn't as slow as an airplane. It was this unusual speed ... it looked like it was on fire."
"It was quite amazing, actually," he said. "It seemed so close. You could even see it looked like sparks ... on the tail of it. It was getting brighter. It was quite interesting."
A video of the event can be viewed here.

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Source of loud boom heard, felt in Charleston, South Carolina still unknown

Mystery boom (stock)
Numerous people in and around Charleston, SC, reported on social media Monday a loud "boom" or the sound of an "explosion," which some said shook their home or other building they were in for several seconds.

The source of the boom and ensuing shaking is presently unknown. Many have speculated it was a possible earthquake, while some are suggesting it was a "sonic boom" from an aircraft breaking the sound barrier.

The National Weather Service in Charleston said it has received multiple inquiries, but hasn't received confirmation from the U.S. Geological Survey of a seismic event such as possible earthquake.

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Video shows meteor fireball blazing over Kansas

Kansas meteor
© YouTube/AMS (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received a report about a meteor fireball seen over Kansas on Monday, February 18th 2019 around 12:08 UT. A video has been uploaded to their website.

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Meteor fireball explodes above French island of Mayotte

meteor mayotte island
© @Bee_Mondroha/Twitter
A meteor has exploded above the island Mayotte, sparking concern on the French overseas department, located near Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa.

Initial reports indicated an explosion had taken place somewhere on the island. The local authorities said on Twitter: "Tonight, several testimonies reported a noise that would have occurred in the Mahorais sky. At this stage no explanation could be provided. All states are mobilised to find an explanation of this phenomenon."

It later became clear a meteor had entered the Earth's atmosphere above Mayotte.

One resident said: "It's gone in the direction of the sea. It was a ball of fire that had a kind of tail and was going very fast.

"The fire was very bright on the front. The fireball travelled from Labattoir to head offshore."

Comment: Mayotte seems to be a lively place, especially below ground:

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Meteor fireball sighted in 5 countries in Europe, photographed by 3 sky cameras

meteor blackfield feb 15th 2019
© Paul Roggemans
Blackfield camera, UK
Fireball date: 15 February 2019 at 20:09:05 UT

Fireball ID: M20190215_200905
A large fireball, initially reported by the members of the public from 5 different countries, also known as IMO 741-2019 event.

15 February 2019 at 20:09 roughly over Antwerpen the Belgian meteor network has recorded a large meteor, known as a fireball.

The fireball has been spotted as far as Stuttgart, London and Versailles. UKMON camera in Blackfield has also recorded the same event.

Comment: The skies in Europe have been busy this week: See also: In the blink of an eye: Astronomers seek backup to capture strange stellar blackout with help of cell phone cameras


Mysterious house-shaking booms reported in Louisville, Kentucky

Mystery boom stock
It's louder than fireworks, a transformer explosion or even a train. "This is five times as loud as that," said Theresa Smith of Lyndon.

"The sounds I hear have nothing to do with trains. More like muffled dynamite," former CSX engineer Scott Gaw weighed in.

People living in Lyndon, St. Matthews, Hurstbourne, Graymoor Devondale, Woodlawn Park and surrounding neighborhoods have been discussing mysterious, recurring booms for months. The booms have sparked several active conversations on the Nextdoor App as well as Facebook groups. No one seems to know the source of what they're hearing, but they agree, it's loud-sometimes loud enough to shake a house.

In January, Barbara Martin says she was watching the football playoffs at a friend's house in Jeffersontown near the Gene Snyder when two loud booms shook the house.


Meteor fireball spotted over Sugarland, Texas

Fireball over Sugarland, TX
© ABC13
Have we made first contact? A bizarre sight in the Sugar Land area has some thinking aliens.

A viewer sent us the video above from his dashcam. If you look closely, you'll see what looks to be a fireball falling from the sky.

He captured the moment while driving along Industrial Boulevard Cross near Highway 90 on Tuesday just before 7 p.m.

What do you think? Is the truth out there?

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Mysterious fireball spotted over Cornwall, UK

It was described as big and very bright with red flames coming from it

A large and mysterious fireball with 'lots of flames coming from it' was spotted in the skies over Cornwall.

According to reports, the unidentified object looked like a meteor and was really slow and big.

It was reported over Crackington Haven at about 10.30pm and the Kernow Weather Team (KWT) received another report of the sighting over West Cornwall at about 10.15pm.

The KWT took to their Facebook page to appeal for more information.

Its post reads: "Strange sighting over West Cornwall, February 14, 2019, 10.15pm ish.