Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:50 UTC
Considering tonight is a very bright full moon we don't often see much of the night sky.
The following video will give you your own chance to make your mind up as to whether this is another meteor or just a vert bright shooting star.
Mon, 17 Apr 2017 02:35 UTC
Our sister paper, the Warwick Daily News reported the buzz on social media: Brigitte Jones said, "I felt it out here, the house shook."
Madeline Wilkins posted "I'm in Toowoomba and saw a burning light in the sky maybe a meteorite, heading that direction just before I saw this post... Maybe related?"
Killarney resident Krissy Bloomfield said, "On Brosnan Rd kids saw what we thought shooting star just before the bang."
Some residents reported thinking the noise was thunder or fireworks.
Louise Reed from the Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park posted, "We heard it up here too. It looked like a shooting star right before it and then bang."
And this from Krystal N Lillee Cook, "We heard it in oak street...was really loud like a big crack of thunder."
According to reports, the meteor flew through the night sky around 8:43pm. Those who saw it describe a bright, white light lasting for about 10 seconds, and say it's a sight they'll never forget. Reports have been coming in from North Carolina, including the Triad area, as well as South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and even Florida.
Earl Ayers tweeted a video of the meteor captured on a camera at a home in Cornelius, North Carolina. Make sure to look to the upper left to see the bright light.
Daily Star (UK)
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:18 UTC
Ben Landricombe was walking to work in Plymouth early this morning when he caught glimpse of the "shooting star".
The council worker then raced back to his house to grab his camera before the rare sight disappeared from the red-hued Devon sky.
Ben, 36, said: "I've never seen anything like it in my life.
"I was driving to work, then I saw a big spark in the sky. I thought I better get my camera.
"I missed the meteor coming through the atmosphere, but I saw the sparks coming down, travelling really fast."
CBS Los Angeles
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:12 UTC
The bright flash was spotted a little before 9 p.m. from as far south as San Diego, north to Los Angeles and as far east as Phoenix. Here is some of what people claim they saw.
Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 518 reports about a fireball seen over AZ, CA, Baja California, MA, NV and NM on Tuesday, April 11th 2017 around 04:00 UT.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:30 UTC
Severe flooding hit several parts of the globe, but the worst affected was Peru where dozens of people died and hundreds of thousands have been left with no homes. With freak tidal waves from Iran to South Africa, strange 'gas' explosions in the UK and methane gas leaks in Russia, not to mention snow off the coast of Africa and lightning scoring direct strikes on cars, March was a pretty intense month for the planet and its inhabitants.
Sky & Telescope
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:34 UTC
Discovered two years ago on March 15th by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on the summit of Haleakalā, it was a faint 21st-magnitude midge. But how it's bloomed! By late March and the start of April, the comet had brightened to around magnitude +8.5 while puttering across Sagittarius and Capricornus low in the southern sky before dawn.
Our observations helped in determining its orbit.
We captured 2017 GM while it was safely approaching us. For this, we remotely used a telescope in Arizona, made available to the Virtual Telescope by Tenagra Observatories, Ltd. Above is an image coming from a single 30-seconds exposure, unfiltered, taken with the 16?-f/3.75 Tenagra III ("Pearl") unit. The robotic mount tracked the fast apparent motion (150?/minute) of the asteroid, so stars are trailing. The asteroid is perfectly tracked: it is the sharp dot in the center, marked by two red lines.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:09 UTC
A report on the American Meteor Society webpage confirms a similar possible sighting. According to Antonio Paris, an astronomer at MOSI, seeing meteors flying across the sky isn't unusual.
If you look up at the night sky, Paris said you could see a meteor almost every night if it's clear. That's not as common in cities like Tampa. Paris said you'll have better luck in rural areas and national parks where there's less light pollution.