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

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© 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

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© 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.

(Translated by google).


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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.


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Meteor fireball streaks over northeast Brazil

Brazil meteor fireball
© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
A beautiful meteor was seen on the night of Saturday, May 22, in four states in the Northeast. The phenomenon occurred at 18:59 (Brasília time) on the coast of Rio Grande do Norte and was recorded by the cameras of BRAMON and Clima ao Vivo in Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco and Ceará.

(Translated by google).


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Green meteor fireball recorded over Morocco

Meteor fireball over Morocco
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 5 reports (event 2847-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Casablanca-Settat, Drâa-Tafilalet, Marrakesh-Safi and Souss Massa on Monday, May 17th 2021 around 20:31 UT.

For this event, the AMS received 2 videos.


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Daytime meteor fireball recorded by cameras in Bahia, Brazil

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Live Weather Cameras recorded a meteor during the morning of this Monday (17th) in Bahia. Check the locations below:

- Andaraí / BA - Ibsol Telecom
- Ibiquera / BA - Ibsol Telecom
- Ibitiara / BA - Ibsol Telecom
- Miguel Calmon / BA - Heptanet


(Translated by Google)

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Meteor fireball seen over Shanxi, China

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We received one report about a fireball seen over Shanxi on Friday, May 7th 2021 around 16:42 UT.

For this event, we received one video.