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Fireball hurtling past Earth captured on camera by International Space Station

Fireball captured by International Space Station
© European Space Agency / YouTube
Fireball captured by International Space Station
Astronauts at the International Space Station captured a rare moment when a fireball whizzed to Earth.

The blink-and-you'll-miss-it footage was shared by astronaut Paolo Nespoli. It was captured on November 5 as part of a series of night-time photographs taken as the Space Station was flying over the southern Atlantic Ocean towards Kazakhstan. The images were put together in a time-lapse video with a 1-second interval.

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Incoming! Bright bolide explodes over northern Finland (VIDEOS)

Bolide over Finland
© YouTube/Aurora Borealis LIVE! (screen capture)
A bright bolide (extremely bright meteor) exploded over northern Finland at 18:40 on November 16, 2017, the latest of several meteor fireball events this week including France, Germany, Spain, United States, and Argentina.

The aforementioned meteor fireball that flew over Germany on Nov 14th has been confirmed as the most reported fireball event from Europe , with 1962 reports so far, since the AMS and the IMO launched the international version of the AMS fireball form.

According to local media, there were also reports of 'heavy bangs' in an area of ​​a few hundred kilometers radius. Other recent reports of 'mysterious booms' include those in Alabama, Florida, San Diego, New Jersey and British Columbia, which could be attributed to exploding space rock fragments.

Aurora Service Tours, a tourism company operating in Utsjoki, northern Finland captured the phenomena, which momentarily turned night into day, on video from a webcam that is commonly used to promote the Northern Lights. It was described as, "Huge meteor burn up. I was sat about 10 metres to the left of the camera and felt a huge shockwave. It shook the cottage."

Comment: Could these recent events be part of the Taurid meteor shower which peaked this past Saturday? According to the American Meteor Society (AMS) website:
Associated with the comet Encke, the Taurids are actually two separate showers, with a Southern and a Northern component. Both branches of the Taurids are most notable for colorful fireballs and are often responsible for an increased number of fireball reports from September through November.

The first analysis conducted by former IMO president Dr. Juergen Rendtel of the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam from the raw data shows that the events that occurred over Arizona and France cannot be linked to the Taurids: the Arizona event was moving from North-West to South-East while the French event was moving from North-East to South-West.

However, the events over Germany and Ohio fit the Taurids direction (East->West) and the low inclination angle at the time of the sightings! Note that the East-West direction is related to the Taurids only because the fireball occurred in the local evening. Later in the night or towards the morning the direction is different, of course.
Even NASA's own space data supports citizens' recent observations, namely that meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically.

For more information on meteors, comets, Oort cloud, Electric Universe model, Nemesis - Sol's dark companion - and much more, see Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book, Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.

Perhaps 'something wicked this way comes?'

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'Blue sphere with green tail' meteor fireball seen over Alsace, France

AMS event #4312-2017: Meteor fireball over France map
© AMS (screen capture)
AMS event #4312-2017: Meteor fireball over France map
A "huge blue sphere" has been reported as appearing in the sky over Alsace last night, with witnesses speculating over what the object could have been.

Around 18h on Tuesday November 14, reports began emerging of a rounded, blue shape with a green tail, flying over the department and the Grand-Est region.

Reportedly larger than a star and moving too quickly to be a planet or a plane, the object left witnesses confused as to what it could be.

Commentators have suggested it was simply a form of meteor, and more precisely, a "fireball" meteor.

"It was likely a small celestial body, which travels very quickly in the Earth's atmosphere and which, on contact with the atmosphere, heats up its gases, giving this luminous trail behind it," explained Jean-Yves Marchal, scientist at the Strasbourg planetarium, speaking to French news source FranceInfo.

Comment: Other meteor fireball events between November 14 and 15, 2017 include: As well as visible celestial bodies, it is probable that space rock fragments are also exploding in the atmosphere. See also: Even NASA's own space data supports citizens' recent observations, namely the inconvenient fact that meteor fireballs are increasing dramatically.


'You could feel it in your body': Cape Coral, Florida residents startled by loud, house-shaking boom

Mystery boom in Cape Coral,  FL
© ABC News
A loud boom - that some say shook them to their core - has people in Cape Coral concerned, confused, and curious about the cause.

"All of a sudden there was this huge boom," said JoAnn Navarre. "My daughter and I both screamed, and we jumped."

Navarre lives on NW 31st Street in Cape Coral. She said the commotion happened around 6 p.m. Sunday.

"We thought maybe something hit the house; something hit nearby. We didn't know if something exploded; we thought people were hurt," Navarre said.

After it happened, she went outside to inspect and found many of her neighbors doing the same thing.


Impressive fireball blazes over Toledo, in the South of Spain (VIDEO)

bola fuego españa
© Impresión de pantalla (Youtube)
At 10:34 pm on November 12th, a spectacular fireball blazed over southern Spanish skies. The event was registered by the University of Huelva, in the Astronomical Complex of La Hita (Toledo), and by the observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada) and Seville.

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Bright fireball-meteor lights up sky over San Juan, Argentina

The fireball was seen streaking across the sky in the afternoon of Tuesday, November 14th, in the western area of San Juan, at 7.30 pm. Astronomer said it was a meteor coming from the meteor cluster known as the Taurides, although an admittedly large specimen.
bola fuego Argentina
© Diario La Provincia SJ
The event surprised several inhabitants of the city.

"I was in Rivadavia at the corner of Cabot and Paula streets, when I saw it", said Florencia Martín, a reader of Diario La Provincia, who added that she was surprised by the speed at which the object was falling and wondered where it may have landed.


Fireball streaks across Phoenix sky (VIDEO)

Meteor Fireball Phoenix November 2017
Residents of Phoenix, Arizona were treated to approximately four seconds of night-time daylight on Tuesday, as a suspected meteor burst through the Earth's atmosphere and lit up the area.

The city tweeted footage of two fireballs streaking across the night sky, which had been captured by a security camera overlooking a number of public buildings. In the video, one meteor can be seen burning up in a flash above the clouds while another, smaller meteor extinguishes parallel to it.


Meteor dazzles Phoenix with fireball across evening sky

Meteor over Phoenix
© Screen Capture YouTube
Residents in Phoenix observed what appeared to be a bright meteor flying across the night sky on Tuesday.

City officials in Phoenix tweeted about the event at around 11:30 p.m., calling it "something brilliant," after a security camera captured the sight.

Witnesses reported seeing a bright fireball-like flash in the sky.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said it received more than 200 reports of a fireball meteor seen above New York on Saturday night, AMS said.


Mysterious loud 'boom' heard across North Alabama - NASA unsure of origin

loud boom Alabama
© abc3340.com
A loud boom was heard over much of north Alabama on November 14, 2017
(WBMA) -- Shortly after 1:40 p.m., a loud 'boom' was heard across North Alabama in Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay, Winston, Randolph, Tuscaloosa, and St. Clair counties.

It's the sound everybody is talking about. So much so, Trey Cochran wrote a song about it:

Alabamians flocked to Twitter, with many reporting the event shook their homes.

Lincoln resident Dawn Stanton described it as "...a propane tank just exploding. I looked and I didn't see nothin' sailing through the air."

The National Weather Service in Birmingham hypothesized the sound originated from an aircraft sonic boom or a meteorite from the Leonid shower.

NASA's Bill Cooke says the origin of the mysterious boom still remains unclear but shut down the NWS' theory of a Leonid shower meteroite.

Cooke says the sound could have been produced by a bolide, large supersonic aircraft or a ground explosion.

According to Cooke, NASA's meteor scientists will continue to analyze new data in hopes of determining the cause of the 'boom.'

ABC 33/40 has reached out to Maxwell Air Force Base to see if a pilot could have broken the sound barrier with a training exercise.

Comment: Another space rock fragment exploding in the atmosphere?

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Another bright meteor fireball explodes over Germany (VIDEOS)

fireball over Germany AMS event # 4299-2017
© AMS (screen capture)
AMS event # 4299-2017: Observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 1500 reports of a bright meteor fireball exploding over southern Germany on Tuesday, November 14th 2017 around 16:48 UT.

The event (#4299-2017) was also observed from the neighbouring countries of Switzerland, Austria and France. One report from Sabine B. near Kempten describes the experience: "I've never seen anything like that in my life" according to Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Just over a week ago on November 6, 2017 another bright meteor fireball exploded over northern Germany.

meteor fireball over southern Germany
© AMS/S. Kobsa
Meteor fireball over southern Germany on November 14, 2017 as seen from Maselheim, Germany.