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Meteor fireball over the Netherlands and nearby countries on June 4

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We received 15 reports about a fireball seen over England, Gelderland, Hauts-de-France, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Nordrhein-Westfalen, North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, Vlaams Gewest, Zeeland and Zuid-Holland on Sunday, June 4th 2023 around 22:10 UT.

For this event, we received one video and one photo.


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Meteor fireball triggers bright flashes and sonic booms as it travels across skies in North Island, New Zealand on June 3

The brightest flash from the meteor.
© VincentThe brightest flash from the meteor.
A fireball was seen travelling the skies across the top of the North Island on Saturday night, with some people reportedly hearing sonic booms.

Professor James Scott from Otago University's Department of Geology said he had received quite a few reports of meteor sightings.

"It was seen across the top of the North Island, and captured on a security camera and also one of the fireball cameras," he said.


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Meteor fireball over Seville, Spain on May 29

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Fireball of May 29, 2023 (SPMN290523B, 3h32m00s±1s TUC)

Record: Estepa-Sevilla (Antonio J. Robles) and La Aparecida (Orihuela/Oriola, Alicante/Alacant, V. Cayuelas) video detection stations.

You can read our thread on the SPMN Network Twitter with more images and videos .
Absolute magnitude: -10±1

Origin: North Ophiuchid (NOP)

Observation range: Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, Valencian Community, Balearic Islands, La Rioja and Region of Murcia.


( Translated by Google)

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Meteor fireball over Deventer in the Netherlands on May 27

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Bright meteor fireball crosses the sky of 3 Brazilian states on May 28

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The Clima ao Vivo and Bramon cameras recorded a bright meteor that crossed the sky of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, in the early hours of Sunday (28).


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Two very bright meteor fireballs crossed the Italian skies on May 24

The bolide of May 24 filmed by the Prisma camera in Piacenza
© National Institute of AstrophysicsThe bolide of May 24 filmed by the Prisma camera in Piacenza
Last night two very bright meteors ("bolides") crossed the Italian skies, the first shortly after midnight and the second around half past four in the morning. The first involved the northern skies, the second Sardinia. The midnight one, in particular, was filmed by 11 Prisma cameras, i.e. the First Italian Network for the Systematic Surveillance of Meteors and the Atmosphere , an initiative promoted by the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF).

The first calculations indicate that the bolide was spotted at an altitude of 75 kilometers, while it was falling at 15.8 kilometers per second, and disappeared at an altitude of 28 km, when the speed was reduced by two thirds due to friction with the 'atmosphere. Trajectory and speed are compatible with those of an asteroid intercepted by the Earth's gravity.


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Best of the Web: Meteor fireball lights up sky in an epic spectacle over north Queensland, Australia on May 20 - largest in 35 years with diameter of 3.5 meters (UPDATE)

The sight lit turned the sky shades of green, orange and white.
The sight lit turned the sky shades of green, orange and white.
Queenslanders in the state's far north region witnessed an out-of-this world experience on Saturday night when a bright fireball-like object plummeted from the night sky.

In a blink-or-you'll-miss-it event, a suspected meteorite was captured descending from space emitting a white and orange glow, before appearing to crash.

The epic scene occurred at about 9.22pm and was observed across multiple suburbs spanning from Barcaldine in the state's far west to Cooktown in the far north.


Comment: Update May 30

abc.net.au reports:
Queensland meteor confirmed by satellite data as largest over Australia in 30 years

The meteor that captivated Queensland earlier this month was the largest space rock recorded over Australia in at least 30 years, NASA data has confirmed.

The fireball lit up the sky between Mackay and the Gulf of Carpentaria on May 20.

The event was picked up by US government Sensors with data published to the NASA website on Monday.

When it exploded, the meteor had an altitude of 29 kilometres over Blackbull, a small rural locality between the Gulf communities of Normanton and Croydon, in north-west Queensland.

The data revealed the meteor was travelling at a velocity of almost 28 kilometres per second.

The force of the blast was equivalent to exploding 7.2 kilotons of TNT.

From this, scientists have calculated the incoming space rock would have had a diameter of 3.5 metres — roughly the size of a caravan — and weighed about 80,000 kilograms.

Curtin University School of Earth and Planetary Sciences researcher Dr Ellie Sansom said it was the largest fireball reported by US Government Sensors over Australia since record-keeping began in 1988.

"I was checking every day and then the data finally came through - it's the biggest event that it has ever recorded over Australia," she said.

The observations have filled gaps in the Desert Fireball Network of cameras, a project led by Curtin University, which observes meteor activity in Australia.

Dr Sansom said the new data confirmed meteor fragments "definitely" would have landed in the wider Croydon area.

"Anything that's below 35 kilometres we're usually confident there's stuff on the ground, and for it to get as low as 29 kilometres, there's probably going to be quite a lot of that leftover in little pieces," she said.

Experts are now planning a search expedition to recover meteorites within weeks.

"We are going to get scientists together from here at Curtin University, probably Monash and from University of Southern Queensland, along with some keen amateurs as well," Dr Sansom said.

The search team would liaise with local authorities, property owners and traditional landowners.

"We'll try and organise a time where we can get as many people on the ground as possible," she said.

Dr Sansom said the opportunity to study meteorites was fantastic for science and future planetary defence.

"These big ones that come in are actually quite rare, something that size probably hits the [entire] Earth once a year," she said.



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Meteor fireball over France on May 19

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We received 5 reports about a fireball seen over Île-de-France, Centre-Val de Loire, Normandie and Pays de la Loire on Friday, May 19th 2023 around 00:22 UT.

For this event, we received 2 videos and 2 photos.


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Meteor fireball over France on May 18

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We received 5 reports about a fireball seen over Île-de-France, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Hauts-de-France on Thursday, May 18th 2023 around 01:41 UT.

For this event, we received one video and one photo.


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Meteor fireball over Spain (May 9)

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This video shows a bolide recorded on May 9, at 5:37 local time (equivalent to 3:37 universal time). The event was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 78,000 km/h. The fireball overflew Valencia and Castellón (Spain). It began at an altitude of about 88 km over Caudete de las Fuentes (province of Valencia), moved northeast, and ended at a height of around 60 km over Ayódar (province of Castellón).

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 La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), Sevilla, and Olocau (Valencia). 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).