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Meteor fireball streaks across Scotland skies

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People across Tayside were speculating last night after a streak of light appeared in the sky.

Rachel Malcolm sent a picture of the bright line in the darkening night sky to the Tele.

She said: "Just saw this in Invergowrie. "It's like something burning up in the atmosphere."
© Rachel Malcolm
Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director at the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "At first sight the trail in the image looks like a sunlit aircraft contrail — a vapour trail — set against a darkening sky. When the sun is low in the sky these stand out, and appear much more prominent than in the middle of the day.

"A meteor trail can be bright and linger, but will typically break up with the movement of air in the upper atmosphere.

"There is an outside chance this shows a trail of that kind, but to be sure, I would need to know how long the exposure was, whether there was a fast moving streak — a shooting star — before the photo was taken, and how long the trail stayed in place."

Comment: The same day, 500 miles south of Scotland, another meteor fireball was captured at dawn in south east London:

Slow-moving fireball photographed over London?

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Mysterious 'fire in the sky' captured on video over Louisiana

A light in the late night sky north of Dale Noel's home stopped him in his tracks last Sunday night.

"When I seen the light, it was like flying and the light was pulsing like it was getting brighter and brighter and brighter the further it was getting," he said.

He ran to tell his fiance he thought a plane's wing was on fire, but returned outside to an empty sky.

Then, "We both looked up in the sky and we saw the same thing. It made the same pass, so we started recording it," he said, "It was lighting up, lighting up, lighting up and then it blew up in the same spot the other one did. And then a third one came by."

Noel said, "We were just kind of freaking out, like what is this, what is this?"

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'Huge meteor' fireball crashes to earth as flash of light is seen and houses shake near Turkey Beach, Australia

© Ellie Thompson
The 'meteorite' caused tremors and flashes
Hundreds of local reported seeing a "burning light" at Turkey Beach and Emerald in Queensland, Australia, followed by tremors

A ' meteor ' crashed into earth causing tremors and a huge "flash of light" in the sky, it has been reported.

The fireball was spotted at Turkey Beach and Emerald in Queensland, Australia, as hundreds of locals took the social media to report their houses shaking and a "burning light" in the sky.

Police received a number of calls from concerned residents in the Gladstone area, reporting tremors in what was initially believed to be an earthquake.

Geoscience Australia has since officially ruled out an earthquake and Higgins Storm Chasing crew said a "meteorite impacted somewhere offshore".

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Huge meteor fireball filmed over Kent, UK

The fireball was spotted as far away as Holland.
A huge fireball shot across the sky late last night, shocking residents in Kent and being spotted as far east as Holland.

The flash of light, believed to be a meteor, was caught on camera at 11.34pm in Ash Vale, Surrey, by the UK Meteor Observation Network.

In the five second clip posted to YouTube, the fireball grows in size, burning brighter by the second before rapidly fizzling out.

An eyewitness said: "I saw it in Oxfordshire! I was fishing and it lit up the whole lake. Incredible.

"It's been seen as far west as South Wales and as far east as Holland!"

UK Meteor Network added: "As reported by the public, we recorded this stunning large fireball from our Ash Vale camera."

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 100 reports about a meteor fireball seen over Great Britain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany on 23rd September 2016.

© Google Maps/AMS
NASA space data supports citizens' observations that - meteor fireball activity is increasing dramatically!


Slow-moving fireball photographed over London?

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Ali Osman caught this strange burning orb over London on camera
Ali Osman was going through a daily routine with his one year old girl when he encountered the bizarre object outside his window.

Civil engineer Ali, from Erith, south east London, snapped these pictures of the orb, which resembles a massive fireball or flaming meteorite.

The married dad-of-one said: "I woke up with my daughter around 6am.

"I always have a look out the window in the mornings to show my daughter the birds and noticed this strange object in the sky.

"At first I thought it was a plane that leaves a trial behind it but realised quickly it wasn't because it was just hovering.

"There were other planes flying high near the object but the object was above the planes and was stationary.

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Meteor fireball shoots across Eastern Canada and US night sky

© Facebook/Mont-Mégantic provincial park
This meteor was seen as far west as Toronto and as far east as Edmundston, N.B., according to the American Meteor Society.
Skywatchers across Eastern Canada and the U.S. spotted an unexpected treat last night, as a meteor streaked across the sky.

The phenomenon was captured by a camera atop Quebec's Mont-Mégantic provincial park, about 80 kilometres east of Sherbrooke, Que., around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Sébastien Giguère, scientific co-ordinator at the Mont-Mégantic Astrolab, confirmed Thursday morning that the fireball was indeed a meteor.

A meteor, also called a shooting star, is the light emitted from a meteoroid or an asteroid as it enters the atmosphere.

Meteors like ones seen during Perseid meteor showers are caused by particles that are the same size as a grain of sand or rice, Giguère explained. The bigger the particle, the bigger the meteor.

Last night's meteor was probably caused by something the size of a big rock, Giguère said.

"Hundreds of tonnes of meteorites fall through the sky every day," he said on Radio-Canada's C'est pas trop tôt. "But yesterday, it was nice out and [the meteor] was centred on southern Quebec. That happens once every one or two years, so it's not totally rare, but it doesn't happen every day."

Vicky Boldo, a resident of Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley Que., said she saw the "spectacular sight" while sitting in her hot tub last night.

"It passed directly over us and lit the yard up like a football field — it seemed to be just up over our heads beyond the trees," she said in an email.

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Bright meteor fireball observed over Hampshire, UK

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Reported by Neil Morrison and subsequently identified on the Observatory video cameras.

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18,000 MPH Asteroid Almost Causes Mass Extinction and Nobody Saw it Coming

For the second time in a month, a giant asteroid just missed colliding with Earth and space science programs around the world were completely oblivious to the threat raising concern that our ability to detect such a cataclysmic threat is sorely lacking.

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Daytime fireball: Meteor spotted over North Carolina

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A fireball shooting over northeast North Carolina was witnessed by hundreds of onlookers, according to a nonprofit organization and local news reports.

Just before sunset on Thursday, September 8, a meteor is believed to have blazed through the sky over the towns of Essex and Red Oak in North Carolina before ending its flight around Enfield, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

As of 11:30am ET, more than 180 people from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have reported seeing the meteor, AMS says on its website.

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Meteor fireball whizzes past Cyprus and explodes, lighting up night sky

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A suspected meteorite did a close fly-by over Cyprus early on Friday, sending people into consternation over a blitz of bright lights which appeared in the night sky coupled with large bangs.

"It had a 45 degree tilt and a bang was heard as it passed over Cyprus," said Ioannis Fakas, the honorary chairman of the Cyprus astronomical society.

People living in the mountainous Troodos range reported green-white glows in the sky at around one in the morning, then large blasts, police said. Some reported the ground shook.

Parts of the meteorite were thought to have fallen into the sea north of Cyprus, Fakas told state TV.

Comment: ‌This is the meteor's reported trajectory over Cyprus. In the capital Nicosia, an explosion was heard 2.5 minutes after the fireball was seen:
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