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Meteor fireball filmed over Sarasota, Florida

Did you see the fireball that lit up the Suncoast sky?

Did you see the fireball that lit up the Suncoast sky?
Dozens of people, including ABC7′s Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan, saw an apparent meteor last night.

Shortly before midnight on Thursday, January 16, Gail tells ABC7 she saw a huge fireball streak across the sky. She was watching TV, facing her backdoor, when she saw what looked like a comet with a tail going horizontally through the sky. She says, "It was AWESOME!"

ABC7 posted about it on Facebook to see if anyone got video and, as it happens, Jackie Greenough did. When you watch the video, which is timestamped at 11:57pm, you'll see little chaotic streaks - those are bugs flying about - but look in the upper middle of the screen. You'll see the fireball as it moves decisively across the sky. It lasts at least 13 seconds before moving out of frame.

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Hurricanes, earthquakes and now a daytime meteor: Fireball blazes over Puerto Rico in broad daylight

meteor puerto rico
© porlosmares / instagram
The US territory has been jolted by a series of powerful tremors since the beginning of this year. The island has also been recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that ravaged the territory in 2017.

Citizens of Puerto Rico have taken to social media platforms to share photos and videos of an unusual celestial phenomenon they witnessed on Friday afternoon.

In the media posts, a meteor-like fireball was seen swiftly flashing through a blue cloudless sky before disappearing moments later.
puerto rico meteor
© NOAA
A bright meteor fireball disintegrated in the sky over Puerto Rico on January 17 at 4:30 p.m. EST time Friday. This was the moment it detonated in the atmosphere north of the island

Comment: A "rare" event, eh?...

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Meteor fireball illuminates night sky in Pozan, Poland

Fireball over Poland
© Panorama Poznan Online/MSN
A bright light, believed to be a meteor, has been captured flashing across the sky in the city of Poznan, Poland:


Video source: Panorama Poznan Online

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'Green flash' seen in Fort Collins, Colorado night sky likely a meteor

Fireball over Ft Collins, CO
© Fort Collins Coloradoan (file photo)
Did you see something unusual streaking across the night sky Friday night?

No, I'm not talking about a drone. At least, I don't think I am.

Regardless, there's no need to have a "let's storm Area 51" moment just yet. Any unusual sightings were likely activity from a Quadrantid meteor shower that peaked late Friday night over Northern Colorado.

Coloradoan reader Krista Vance tipped us off to a bright green ball of light she said she and her 15-year-old daughter Olivia saw streak across the sky while driving north on Taft Hill Road near the Cathy Fromme Prairie area around 9 p.m. Friday.

"It was only visible for two snaps of your fingers, then ... poof ... gone," Vance told the Coloradoan, adding that the sight of the quick green flash gave her goosebumps.

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Meteor fireball spotted over Ottawa - Gatineau, Canada

Fireball over Ottawa-Gatineau
© Sandy MacPherson
Several people say they spotted what's been described as a bright ball of light whizzing across the sky over Ottawa-Gatineau late Sunday night.

Jason Jones and his wife were driving alongside the Gatineau River near Cantley, Que., just north of Gatineau, when they spotted the object.

"The two big things were the diameter and the brightness," Jones said Monday morning. "It was clearly as bright as Venus or the moon ... and instead of a pinpoint of light with a tail, it was a sphere with a tail."

Christopher Cordick was driving northbound along Eagleson Road in Ottawa's west end when he saw what he described as a "very vibrant light in the sky descending rapidly." Cordick said the time was around 10:10 p.m.

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Rooftop cameras capture another meteor fireball over Madison, Wisconsin

Rooftop cameras in Madison, Wis. have captured yet another meteor
Rooftop cameras in Madison, Wis. have captured yet another meteor soaring through the nighttime sky.


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Meteor fireball blazed over Anchorage, Alaska on 21 Dec 2019

Fireball over Anchorage, AK
© Anchorage Police Dept.
You know the saying, 'shooting star make a wish,' well here is your chance!

Anchorage police posted the video below of a meteor lighting up the night sky in Anchorage on Dec. 21.


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Meteor believed to have caused loud boom, flash of light in Saratoga County, New York

Fireball (stock)
© George Varros and Dr. Peter Jenniskens/NASA/Getty Images
As many people search for answers after hearing a loud explosion accompanied by a green flash in the sky, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said he now believes it may have been a meteor.

"It sounds exactly like a fireball report. They can surprise people. We can't always predict them," said Dr. Valerie Rapson, director of the Dudley Observatory at Siena College and has her PhD in Astrophysics.

She said as soon as she heard the reports meteor came to mind. She said specifically, a "bolide."

"When these rocks come in, they're fairly small, but they're coming in at very high speeds so they can potentially break the sound barrier and actually create this ripple effect that will shake homes or cause explosions," said Dr. Rapson.

Comment: Read SOTT.net's Comets and Catastrophes Series by Laura Knight-Jadczyk for more on the hazards to humanity from meteors and asteroids. Bombardments from space rocks are cyclic in nature and have occurred repeatedly throughout history.


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Doorbell camera captures meteor fireball streaking over Saskatoon, Canada

Saskatoon meteor fireball
© YouTube/Saskatoon StarPhoenix (screen capture)
A Saskatoon man got quite the sight this weekend.

Adam Frank spotted a meteor blazing across the night sky late Saturday night.

His doorbell camera also caught the spectacle from the front of his Hampton Village home.

Sky-watchers will want to keep their eyes peeled for the next few nights, as we are in the midst of the Quadrantids meteor shower, which typically runs from the end of December to about mid-January.


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Spectacular meteor breaks up over Pacific island of Guam

guam meteor fireball
A fireball which blazed through the night sky, falling apart in a fireworks display and dazzling the residents of Guam, was captured in multiple astounding videos, triggering disputes over its origins.

Hundreds of people witnessed the mysterious ball which was seen darting across the sky in the US territory, Guam in the western Pacific on Friday night, some capturing spectacular pictures and videos of the spectacle.

The unusual event triggered heated debates over the origins of the bright object that apparently fell apart and burned up in the atmosphere.