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Mystery 'explosion' baffles residents in York, UK

Fishergate York
© The York Press
Residents in a York neighbourhood have been baffled by a loud 'explosion' which brought them out on to the streets.

Jonathan Tyler contacted The Press to say the 'explosion' happened at about 9.10pm last Sunday evening in the Fishergate area, and it was enough to bring many people in Sandringham Street out into the road.

"There had been a smaller explosion several hours earlier," he said. "To my surprise, nothing has been reported in The Press or elsewhere to my knowledge.

"It seemed to us much louder than a car backfiring, and if it was a vehicle collision The Press would surely have heard about it - there were two 'explosions'. I did wonder about a sonic boom - we have the constant rumble of high-level military flights."

Another resident, Ben Rich, said: "I heard it too and also came out to see if there was anything to see - it did sound very loud.

"Looking on nextdoor.com, it was also clearly heard on South Bank. The speculation seems to be fireworks echoing off the river or a sonic boom, although an odd time of night for that."

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Meteor fireball recorded over Germany on May 30th

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© Martin F.
We received 12 reports about a fireball seen over Bayern, Brandenburg, Hessen, Hlavní město Praha, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Sachsen, Schleswig-Holstein and Thüringen on Sunday, May 30th 2021 around 22:55 UT.


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Large meteor fireball recorded in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, Brazil

Photo of the meteorite that fell in Tramandi, on the coast of Republika Srpska.
© Heller and Jung Space Observatory / Disclosure
Live Weather Cameras and our partner Bramon (Brazilian Meteor Observatory) recorded a meteor in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina in the early hours of this Thursday (3rd).


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Meteor fireball over Córdoba, Spain (June 2nd)

Image of the fireball over the sky
© UMA and SMA Fireball and Meteor Detection Network
Image of the fireball over the sky
This bolide was spotted over Spain on 2 June 2021, at about 4:12 local time (equivalent to 2:12 universal time). The event was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 183,000 km/h. The fireball overflew the province of Córdoba. It began at an altitude of about 111 km, and ended at a height of around 83 km.

This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto and Madrid (Universidad Complutense). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


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An asteroid the size of the Seattle Space Needle will pass near Earth on Tuesday

Asteroid (stock)
© NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP
A massive asteroid is expected to whiz by Earth in a relatively close encounter - 4.5 million miles - on Tuesday, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The asteroid, known as 2021 KT1, is about 600 feet, the size of the New York Olympic Tower or the Seattle Space Needle.

NASA classified the asteroid as a "potentially hazardous object" because it is larger than 492 feet and within 4.6 million miles of Earth. It will fly near Earth at 40,000 mph, according to the laboratory, which tracks objects that drift close to Earth's orbital area. Though the asteroid is not expected to make a direct hit, NASA is keeping a close watch.

This asteroid is not the only one to come close to the Earth. An asteroid known as 2021 GW4 was 12,000 miles away from the Earth's surface, traveling 18,700 mph in April. Astronomer Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope project, said it was "an exceptionally close encounter."

Four smaller asteroids as big as an airplane or house are expected to pass the Earth from Monday to Wednesday; none of them is potentially hazardous.

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Meteor fireball crashes onto Indonesia's Merapi volcano

Fireball Jogjakarta Indonesia
© Gunarto Song/Instagram
One of the most breathtaking and surreal scenes was caught on camera in Jogjakarta, Indonesia as its night sky lights up when a meteor suddenly enters the atmosphere and crashes into the Mount Merapi volcano there. Making its rounds in social media, a video of the majestic meteor was shared by @jogjaupdate yesterday.

The footage itself was actually from Thursday (27 May 2021) and was captured by a CCTV from Megadata, an internet service provider company in Indonesia. Specifically, the CCTV footage was recorded from a Megadata facility in Kalitengah Kidul, Jogjakarta which is where Mount Merapi is located.

You can see the footage of the meteor lighting up the skies above the Mount Merapi volcano here:


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Meteor fireball captured over Brazil

Brazil meteor fireball
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
Beautiful meteor recorded by the cameras of BRAMON and Clima ao Vivo in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina at dawn on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

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Bright meteor fireball observed over Scotland and Northern Ireland

Scotland meteor fireball
© AMS (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 122 reports (event 2983-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over County Donegal, County Dublin, County Galway, County Louth, County Roscommon, County Sligo, County Wicklow, England, Northern Ireland, Peel, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday, May 26th 2021 around 21:53 UT.


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Loud boom, shaking in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Va boom
© L. Todd Spencer
If you heard a loud boom at the Oceanfront and other areas in Hampton Roads, you're not alone.

Several people are reporting their house shook and there were booming sounds this morning, with the first around 11 a.m.
Facebook post quake
© Facebook
One person in north Virginia Beach said they heard "a loud noise like thunder" in First Landing Park off of Shore Drive. In Hampton and Poquoson, several residents said their windows rattled and they felt their houses shake.

Paul Carusol, a seismologist with United State Geological Services, said the agency saw a spike on its seismometers.

Don Blakeman, another seismologist with the agency, said analysts with USGS do not believe there was an earthquake.

When asked whether jets could cause some kind of sonic boom and show up on the agency's monitors, Blakeman said it's possible. Over the years people from Virginia and the Carolinas have called USGS thinking there was an earthquake, which Blakeman said turned out to be a sonic boom caused by military activity.

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Meteor fireball spotted over Maryland Tuesday May 25

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Shortly before 10 PM on Tuesday May 25 2021, a large fireball streaked across the sky of the Mid Atlantic US. This was centered over Maryland and captured by various cameras. Thanks to Mike Hankey, his All Sky Cam network, and the American Meteor Society for enhancing the documentation of the event.