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Mystery loud bang heard across Tameside, England caught on camera

Boom in Tameside, England
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Mystery surrounds a loud bang which boomed out across Tameside on Sunday night.

Residents in Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield reported hearing the noise just before 10pm, with some also saying they saw a flash of orange light.

CCTV footage from one property in Denton, sent to the Manchester Evening News captured the deafening noise at 9.53pm.

Nobody seems to know what caused the sound.


Loud boom in Bali's Buleleng allegedly due to exploding meteor fireball

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Residents in Buleleng, Bali, and its surrounding areas were shocked by a loud boom on Sunday morning, January 24. The earthquake sensor of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded it as an anomaly.

The agency's coordinator for earthquake and tsunami mitigation, Daryono, confirmed that many questioned the mysterious bang. Some were shocked that the loud boom rattled windows. Some also claimed they saw a meteor falling in the north or Bali sea.

"It goes viral on social media as many report loud rumbles, especially those in northern Bali," said Daryono on Sunday, January 24.

One of three BMKG's seismographs in Singaraja detected the tremor at 10:27 Central Indonesian Time (WITA) for about 20 seconds. "After being analyzed, the vibration was not caused by an earthquake," he concluded.

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Meteor fireball lights up Northern Hungarian skies

Meteor over Hungary
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Thanks to a lucky camera position, the following video captures a fireball flashing over Sokorópátka. According to HVG, an unexpected meteor crossed the sky in Sokorópátka, Győr-Moson-Sopron County this week. One of the users of Időkép, Károly Boráros, sent a video to the portal, as his camera was looking right in the direction of the fireball.

A commenter on YouTube wrote that the meteor could also be seen from eastern Poland. He noticed it at 2 AM as he looked out the window at the landscape, but because of the sudden brightness he didn't know how to identify the phenomenon.

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Meteor fireball lights up Madrid's night sky

The meteor, which entered the atmosphere at 126,000 km/h, was so bright it could be seen 600 kilometers away

A rock from an asteroid hit the Earth's atmosphere early Thursday morning at about 126,000 km/h, creating a large fireball over Madrid that could be seen across Spain. This is not an unusual event: besides space objects like this one, which disintegrate before reaching the ground, every year around 17,000 meteorites fall to Earth, according to the Madrid Planetarium.

The phenomenon, which took place at around 3.56am local time, was captured and recorded by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the La Hita meteor observation station in La Puebla de Almoradiel in Toledo. The fireball was recorded as part of the SMART project, an initiative of the Andalusia Astrophysics Institute (IAA-CSIC) that continuously monitors the sky in a bid to record and study the impact of different objects from the solar system on the Earth's atmosphere.

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Bright meteor fireball observed over wide areas of Japan

Japan meteor fireball
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People in many parts of Japan have reported seeing what appeared to be a fireball flashing through the sky on Wednesday night.

Eyewitness reports were posted on social media about the phenomenon that was observed shortly after 8:30 p.m. in regions including Kanto, Tokai and Kinki.

A video taken by an NHK camera in the western prefecture of Osaka shows a ball of light streaking across the sky for several seconds at around that time.

Fujii Daichi, a curator who specializes in astronomy at the Hiratsuka City Museum, near Tokyo, said he believes it was a fragment of an asteroid that burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.


Meteor fireball booms over eastern USA as witnesses report being 'scared' by burst of light

A bright blast of light lit up the skies across eastern USA on Saturday, as a meteor entered the atmosphere above the coast of North Carolina. The blast was so big that it could be seen across three different states - Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina - as well as Washington DC.

Footage of the event was captured by a back garden security camera.

The film shows the black of night suddenly turn bright as a streak of light ventures through the sky.

Dozens of people headed to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

Mary told the IMO: "It seemed so big and close. I waited after it to pass and believed I would hear something but didn't.


Watch meteor fireball streak over Sydney, Australia - 'Most insane thing I've ever seen'

Video has emerged of a sizeable fireball hurtling across the horizon during the weekend. Dramatic footage shared online clearly depict the space rock glowing bright against the inky black night sky.

During this period, the meteor is incinerating as it encounters Earth's thick atmosphere approximately 50 miles (80km) up.

Sydney residents flocked to Twitter to share their excitement at spotting the meteor.

Ron Sweeney tweeted: "Did anyone see a meteor/comet/piece of junk flash east to west across the Sydney sky tonight?

"Very visible and appeared to be low in the sky with no sound."

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Suspected bolide observed over Spain's Galicia region, loud boom reported

Galicia bolide
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According to Marca, early this morning (18th Jan) at 01:10 am, a 'great ball of fire' illuminated the skies of Galicia, Castilla y León (El Bierzo) and Portugal .

The suspected bolide was accompanied by a loud roar that was heard minutes after the sky was tinted green, orange or blue .

This spectacular phenomenon, as published by 'El Faro de Vigo', has been seen and heard in Vigo, Pontevedra, O Grove, Ourense, Sanxenxo, Lugo, Chantada, Santiago, Ponferrada or León.

A video was uploaded to YouTube:

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Several meteors and a bright meteor fireball reported over Puerto Rico

Meteor fireball over Puerto Rico
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The Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC) reported that several bright meteors were observed over Puerto Rico on Saturday 16th January, including a fireball that was captured on video at around 10:47pm according to El Nuevo Dia.com.

Observers reported that the fireball showed a striking and colorful wake, while others even perceived a sound.

"The detail that it emitted a sound is extremely interesting, because as we know light travels faster than sound, but on several occasions a simultaneous sound with a meteor has been recorded. It is known as an electrophonic meteor, "said Eddie Irizarry, vice president of the SAC, in written statements.


Bright meteor fireball over the Mediterranean Sea (Jan. 13)

This beautiful meteor was spotted form Spain on 2021 January 13 at 22:10 local time (equivalent to 21:10 universal time). It overflew the north of Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea. The bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 65,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 106 km over the north of Morocco, and ended at a height of around 65 km over the Mediterranean Sea, after traveling about 55 km in the Earth's atmosphere.

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 Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Sevilla.