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Spectacular meteor fireball lights up the night sky over Pilbara, Western Australia

Green meteor fireball over WA
© Shaz Hussien
Residents were left stunned after a mysterious green glow (pictured) lit up the night sky on Sunday evening
Pilbara residents have been treated to an astronomical spectacle overnight after a green fireball lit up the night sky.

The meteor was spotted at 12.46am on Monday morning and was caught on camera by shocked onlookers — including the Karratha Police — in Port Hedland and Cape Preston, near Karratha.

Matt Woods from the Perth Observatory said the green colour was the result of magnesium from the rock burning up as it entered the atmosphere.

It was likely no bigger than a pebble and was probably travelling between 16-50km per second.

"So that's like going from the Perth Hills to the CBD in a second," Mr Woods said.


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Two meteor fireballs back to back over California

Fireball over CA
© Tanya C.
The AMS received over 110 reports so far about a fireball event that occurred over California (LA area) on June 10th, 2020 around 3:33 Universal Time (June 9th, 2020 08:33pm PDT). We also received nearly 90 reports about a similar event that occurred the next day North of San Francisco, CA. This second event occurred on June 11th 2020 around 03:51 Universal Time (June 10th, 2020 08:51pm PDT)

Estimated 3D Trajectories

The preliminary trajectories computed based on all the reports submitted to the AMS so far shows that the tow fireballs were mainly travelling from
East to West. The first one (AMS#2779-2020)

Trajectory1
© AMS
Trajectory2
© AMS


Fireball, Meteorite...?


Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.

Comment: YouTube user 'Radium3D' captured the June 10th fireball from Carlsbad:




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Bright fireball seen over Otaga Peninsula, New Zealand spurs rescue call

Daytime meteor - stock image
© meteoriteclub.com (stock image)
A bright "orange and green" shining light over the Otago Peninsula has sent emergency services scrambling.

A police spokeswoman said a Highcliff Rd resident called about 7.15am when they thought they saw a flare in the Sandfly Bay area.

Police immediately alerted Dunedin Search and Rescue, Maritime New Zealand and the Coastguard of a possible rescue situation.

"Maritime put calls out, but there were no boats on the water and no calls [for help] had come in through their system.

"We put all the calls out, but obviously to no avail."

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Meteor fireball lights up skies in eastern US, burns so bright it was seen from Canada

Tennessee meteor
© Austin R./Amsmeteors.org
A brilliant fireball lights up the night sky over Knoxville, Tennessee, in this cell phone video captured from a moving vehicle by witness Austin R. at 9:42 p.m. EDT on June 7, 2020 (0142 GMT June 8).
Stunning video shows an incredibly bright fireball lighting up the skies above Tennessee, but the as-yet-unexplained phenomenon was so bright that it was visible from as far north as Canada.

The American Meteor Society received at least 120 reports from 12 states across the US -and several from Ontario in Canada- about an extremely bright object in the sky. Despite the number of observers, so far only one video of the fireball has appeared online.


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Home security camera records loud boom, flash of light over Altoona, Pennsylvania

Loud boom flash in PA
© WQAD
A home security camera recorded the moments a large bang, followed by a flash of light occurred over the skies of Altoona, Pennsylvania on June 1, 2020:


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NASA asteroid tracker: 4 space rocks approaching, flying past Earth today

artistic illustration of an asteroid flying by Earth
© NASA
Over 17,000 near-Earth asteroids remain undetected in our solar neighborhood.
NASA's asteroid tracking system has detected four near-Earth objects that will fly past the planet on Tuesday (June 2). One of the incoming asteroids will approach Earth from a distance that's almost equivalent to that between the planet and the Moon.

The incoming asteroids are currently being monitored by NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS). As noted by the agency, the first asteroid that will fly past Earth tomorrow has been identified as 2020 KK7.

CNEOS estimated that this asteroid measures about 108 feet wide. It is currently flying towards Earth at an average velocity of almost 34,000 miles per hour.

According to CNEOS, this asteroid will approach Earth on June 2 at 4:43 a.m. EDT. During this time, the asteroid will be about 0.00343 astronomical units or roughly 319,000 miles from the planet's surface. This means the asteroid will fly past Earth from a distance that's slightly farther than that between the planet and the Moon.

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Bright green fireball falls from the sky in North Texas

Fireball over N TX
© NBC News/Samantha Deann Pinson
A North Texas family's home security camera was recording when a giant fireball fell from the sky Thursday night.

Samantha Deann Pinson shared the video pointed at her driveway in Burleson, which showed the green ball of light streak across the frame.


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Meteor fireball caught on camera over Armenia

Meteor Fireball
© CCO
Videos of the suspected meteor's fall appear to suggest that it went down somewhere in the vicinity of the Armenian town of Hrazdan.

Residents of Armenia's Kotyak province were likely in for quite a surprise on the evening of 27 May as a flying object, which Public Radio of Armenia suggests might've been a meteor, flashed across the sky.

According to the media outlet, videos of this event that started emerging online show the object falling in the vicinity of the town of Hrazdan which is located about 45 kilometers northeast of the capital Yerevan.

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Large meteor fireball explodes spectacularly over northern Turkey

Meteor fireball over northern Turkey
© YouTube/hayri teacher (screen capture)
On the evening of Wednesday 27 May, residents of northern Turkey were treated to a spectacular light show. Videos on social media show a meteor fireball streaking across the sky, before exploding in the air with a thunderous boom.

According to Turkish news website Daily Sabah a "ball of light" was observed in several provinces at around 8:30 pm local time, including Artvin, Erzurum, Sivas, Tuncel and Ardahan.

Hürriyet reports that a sound similar to thunder was heard as a result of the explosion.


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Caught on camera: Meteor fireball spotted in skies near Taber, Alberta

Fireball near Taber, AB
© Don Schmitz
A resident in the southern Alberta community of Taber managed to catch a spectacular sight on video late last week.

Don Schmitz sent in the video, which shows a large fireball, possibly a meteor, falling to Earth at about 1 a.m. on May 22.

He says it happened to the southwest of the community.

CTV News has reached out to experts at the Rothney Observatory for any information on the sighting.

Taber is located approximately two and a half hours southeast of Calgary.