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Meteor fireball lights up Brunei, Borneo sky

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Passing meteor photographed by a resident in Kampong Lambak.
A large green meteor streaked through the sky over Brunei Darussalam last Sunday, with many excited observers taking to social media to discuss the natural phenomenon.

The passing meteor was photographed at 7.27pm by Mohammad Nazhif bin Haji Abdul Khalid, who was taking pictures of the planet Venus in the clear sky at his home in Kampong Lambak.

He recalled, "At first, I thought that it was a fireworks display, but there were no exploding sounds."

The photo of the event uploaded to his Instagram page caught the attention of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD), which has been receiving eyewitness accounts about a vivid ball of light on the evening of April 12.

The fireball was also spotted in other districts, starting at around 7pm.

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Meteor fireball streaks across Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas

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Many South Arkansas residents saw a fireball in the southern sky on Wednesday night.

According to local reports, and reports posted to the American Meteor Society website, the event took place about 8:15 p.m. and was seen by people in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

Observers said the fireball appeared to move east to west and had a green-colored tail.

Fireballs are pieces of rocks in space that either bounce off or penetrate the earth's atmosphere. Their colors vary depending upon the composition of a rock.

The American Meteor Society says on its website that a green trail indicates the presence of nickel. A "fireball" is a term for a very bright meteor, which is as bright as the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky.

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Daytime meteor fireball blazes over Central Europe

Meteor fireball over Central Europe
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 350 reports (1591-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Central Europe (Ajdovščina, Škofja Loka, Šmarje pri Jelšah, Žalec, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Celje, Cerknica, Domžale, Dravograd, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Grosuplje, Idrija, Jesenice, Kamnik, Kärnten, Koper, Kranj, Lenart, Litija, Ljubljana, Ljutomer, Logatec, Mozirje and Nova Gor) on Monday, April 6th 2020 around 13:33 UT.

Only two days ago 449 people reported a bright meteor fireball blazing over the Netherlands.

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Hundreds report bright meteor fireball blazing over Netherlands

AMS observers map of event 1587-2020
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The Meteoren Working Group received more than a hundred reports from people in the Netherlands who had seen a bright meteor fireball on 4th April around 11:45 PM.

According to RTL Nieuws a number of people on Twitter saw the colour green. "It looked like a green rocket. Never seen such a bright fireball before," wrote someone.

Meteoren Working Group has made an initial analysis of the recordings and they suspect that the meteor fireball appeared in the area northeast of Groningen before probably extinguishing above the Wadden Sea.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 449 reports of the event (1587-2020). Videos were uploaded to their website.

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Another large green meteor fireball lights up Florida night sky

Meteor fireball over Florida
© YouTube/AMS American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 16 reports (1532-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Florida on Wednesday 1st April. A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit:Joseph G.


Massive explosion leaves giant crater in Akure, Nigeria, dozens of buildings damaged - UPDATE: Expert suspects METEOR IMPACT

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The crater caused by the Ondo explosion in Nigeria
On March 28 morning, a massive explosion rocked a suburb of the city of Akure, the capital of the southern Nigerian State of Ondo.

According to Nigerian sources, the explosion split Akure-Owo road and inflicted serious damage on dozens of houses, 50 to 100, as well as a school and churches.

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, revealed that the explosion was a an accident. According to the governor, a fire broke out in a vehicle within a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighboring state, which caused the explosion.

Comment: There are conflicting reports. According to some reports, the crater was caused by a meteor impact!
The explosion that rocked Akure, Ondo state capital, on Saturday, was caused by a giant rock from space known as meteors, a team of experts have concluded.

A meteor is what happens when a meteoroid - a small piece of an asteroid - burns up upon entering earth's atmosphere, creating a streak of light in the sky.

The experts led by Adepelumi Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and earthquake engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, said the meteors impacted the location from "an angle of 43 degrees".

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, had told journalists the blast occurred after a truck conveying explosives to a quarry exploded.

"I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday March 28th, a vehicle in a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state developed a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Akure Airport," the governor had said.

But Adekunle said findings by his team suggest the explosion was caused by a natural phenomena, thereby contradicting the governor.

He added there was no evidence of a buried vehicle, buried ordinance or explosives from the site, and that "foreign rocks and strange metallic objects" were found within the crater crated.

His report read: "My Research group carried out a detailed analysis of the impact site. A circular impact crater with 21m diameter and 7.8m depth was found which suggest a natural phenomenal.

"Water was found oozing out from the edges of the crater. A preliminary in situ vibration, noise, seismicity, water analysis, radioactivity studies, rock and soil investigation were carried out.

"Our findings suggest that the impact of the blasting covers 1km radius of the surroundings of the crater. No evidence of fire or Burning of anything was found within the vicinity.

"No evidence of radioactivity radiation was found within the crater and immediate vicinity. The field evidence point to a conclusion that a meteoric from an asteroid belt that travels at a great speed from space impacted the location at an angle of 43 degrees created an ejecta at South-Western part."


Scientist claims massive crater in Akure, Nigeria caused by METEOR IMPACT

The crater left by the blast in Akure believed to be a meteorite

The crater left by the blast in Akure believed to be a meteorite
A Professor of Geophysics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has debunked the explanation given by Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the police for the deafening blast experienced early on Saturday near Akure.

Professor Adekunle Abraham Adepelumi, after leading a research team to the site said emphatically it was caused by a meteorite.

The P.M.News first reported that the blast, which left a crater on its trail, and destroyed several buildings, was caused by a meteorite.

However, Governor Akeredolu and the Police Commissioner Undie Adie attributed the blast to an exploded truck carrying dynamites for a quarry based in Edo state.

Akeredolu even said the truck sank with the impact of the blast.

Professor Adepelumi's team has given a scientific explanation about what really happened.

The research group did a detailed analysis of the explosion site.

Comment: Earlier this month three fiery meteorites reportedly hit the ground in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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Meteor fireball lit up the night skies over several US states

On March 25, around 10:40 p.m. EDT, a smoke tow could have been seen on the night sky of several US states. Residents from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York reported that they witnessed a color-changing fireball crossing the sky.

The American Meteor Society receives seven different reports on the event. The common belief: it must have been a meteorite entering the atmosphere.

The interference with the atmosphere causes the object to burst into a meteor. Friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases are the ones lightening the piece of debris and making it look like a shooting star or falling star.

The visibility in some of the states, such as Pennsylvania, was impaired due to the clouds in the sky. Dan D., a Pennsylvania resident, stated: "I've seen shooting stars and this was definitely not the same," he noted in his report.


New Jersey official believes loud noise, shaking was sonic boom

Mystery boom (stock)
© KY3
Favorable wind directions, temperatures and atmospheric conditions could have contributed to a possible sonic boom occurring on Thursday morning, officials said.

Between 9:25 and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, people as far north as Forked River, as west as Hammonton and south as Sea Isle City reported a loud boom and shake. The noise was described as a noisy truck going by, with something falling out of it.
My house was shaking in Hammonton, about 3 shakes over 5-7 seconds — Frank Intessimoni (@SJmedic911) February 27, 2020
Winds were very strong, getting up into the 50s in spots. However, winds would only caused localized reports.

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Video captures meteor fireball streaking over Florida

Florida meteor fireball
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The spectacular phenomenon, often referred to as a "shooting star", occurs when a meteor enters the atmosphere where it then burns, producing a streak of light visible from our planet.

Captivating footage of a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere over Lakeland, Florida has been posted by the American Meteor Society.

In a four-second video, the celestial body is seen streaking across the sky, leaving a blazing trail behind it before disappearing completely.