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Meteorite explodes and lights up the night like daylight in Santiago, Chile

Several users have reported the fall of a possible meteorite in the metropolitan region, being visible from various points of the capital, local media report.

A meteorite with a "flash of light" soars through the skies of Santiago as far away as in Tomé and the Biobío region , several Internet users report through social networks.

The cameras manage to capture the meteorite with a strong light illuminating the sky of various sectors of the capital of Chile.

We have compiled some videos of the meteorite fall in Santiago, Chile:

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Meteor fireball streaks across sky over New England

A fireball shot across the night sky over New England on Friday.

It occurred around 11:15 p.m., according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

The AMS received 85 reports about the bright meteor spotted over Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It was also seen in New Jersey and New York, as well as Canada.

The event dazzled people across the region, with Sarah C., from Cumberland, Maine, saying it left her speechless.

"Never seen anything like it," she reported to the AMS. "Reminded me of a shooting star but much faster and much brighter."

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Perseid meteor fireball recorded over Spain

Perseid meteor fireball
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This stunning Perseid fireball was recorded over Spain on 2021 July 31, at 23:18h local time. It was produced by a fragment (a meteoroid) from Comet Swift-Tuttle that impacted the atmosphere at about 210.000 km/h. The fireball began at a height of about 139 km and ended at an altitude of around 81 km above the ground level. The event 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), La Sagra (Granada), Sevilla, and Madrid (Dr. Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid). 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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Meteor fireball lights up sky over Izmir, Turkey

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude enter the Earth's atmosphere every day. Most of them are unnoticeable, however, as they appear in uninhabitable regions or during the day.

The sight of a meteor lighting up the sky is usually described with the word "mesmerizing" or "incredible". Yet, the celestial body that flew over the Turkish city of Izmir at around 2 a.m. local time did not evoke positive feelings. In fact, it prompted a doomsday scare among residents.

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Meteor fireball seen over Michigan, Ontario and Wisconsin

We received 21 reports about a fireball seen over MI, Ontario and WI on Monday, July 26th 2021 around 05:26 UT.

For this event, we received 2 videos.

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Meteor fireball over the coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil


The meteor occurred over the coast of Santa Catarina around 2:05 am this Wednesday (28/07). The journey lasted just under 3 seconds and the glare was quite intense. The record was made by the meteor monitoring station in Monte Castelo-SC. Other cameras from the BRAMON network also recorded the event. Did you see something like that?

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Explosion in sky startles early risers in Malaysia (July 23)

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© Loh Chee Kean,
A photograph by Astronomical Society of Penang member Loh Chee Kean of the unidentified flying object, captured from his personal observatory camera, July 23, 2021
A bright spark and loud boom within Penang's airspace startled many early risers on a Wednesday morning, who were puzzled by an object apparently falling from the sky.

Those living in the southwest district of Sg Ara thought that it was a blast from the nearby quarry site, and others questioned if it was remnants of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket launch to space.

It is possible that it is rubbish falling from the International Space Station, which is usually left to burn up in the earth's atmosphere.

Astronomy enthusiast Lim Choon Kiat, 49, was keeping watch at the time, taking pictures of the night sky, but missed the event by two minutes.

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Meteor fireball lights up the sky over Pilbara, Western Australia

Perth Observatory’s Matt Woods confirmed it
© WA Police
Perth Observatory’s Matt Woods confirmed it was a meteor known as a bolide — French for missile. Appearing as a fireball in the sky, it was likely a space rock the size of a cricket ball or slightly larger plunging towards earth that burned up high in Earth’s atmosphere, before it could hit.
Two of Roebourne's finest have been left gobsmacked after their night on the beat was interrupted by a meteor.

Police bodycam vision captured the fireball lighting up the Pilbara sky, shocking the officers who were talking with a local at the time.

"Did you see that, did you see that?" says one.

"Oh wow! That was a big flash I thought that was a torch. Make a wish, quick, make a wish," says a female officer who has her back turned when the meteor first lights up the sky.


North Texas residents observe bright meteor fireball, boom reported

Texas meteor fireball
© YouTube/Wood County Now (screen capture)
North Texas residents took to social media Sunday night to discuss and share videos of a flash streaking across the sky.

Many people across Dallas-Fort Worth noted they saw a brilliant fireball about 8:57 p.m. Sunday. In fact, it was seen as far south as Austin, as far north as Oklahoma and as far east as Louisiana.

It streaked from the southwest to the northeast and exploded, evidently over Northeast Texas. One resident in Bonham said it "shook his house."

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Bright meteor fireball lights up night sky over Norway

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© YouTube/Guardian News (screen capture)
An 'unusually large' meteor briefly lit up southern Norway on Sunday, as it sped at up to 20km per second across the morning sky. Reports of sightings started at around 1am, with sightings of the phenomenon recorded as far north as Trondheim. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage