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Bright meteor fireball filmed on June 15 over the province of Toledo, Spain

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This bright meteor overflew Toledo and Madrid on 2019 June 15 at 3:48 local time (equivalent to 1:48 universal time). It was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 80,000 km/h. It began over the province of Toledo at an altitude of about 86 km, and ended at a height of around 39 km over Madrid.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project (University of Huelva), operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), and Sevilla.


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Dashcam captures spectacular meteor fireball in Canberra, Australia

Fireball over Canberra, Australia
© Germaine Muller
If you looked skywards on Thursday and thought you saw a flash of blue light up the night sky, you weren't imagining it.

Canberra was treated to a spectacular meteor display late on Thursday, just after 10pm, with many capturing the spectacle on camera.

While it looked large, Australian National University astronomy professor Dr Brad Tucker said the meteor itself was relatively small.

"It was probably between 20 and 50 centimetres in size. It was a relatively small meteor, it just appears very bright," Dr Tucker said.

"The blue-green colour that everyone saw was because these meteors are mostly iron and nickel, and when it melts as it burns up in the atmosphere, it burns that colour.


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Beta Taurid meteor shower may pack an unexpected punch

Meteor over Schliengen, Germany (stock)
© Stephanie Vetter (2018)
There is an annual meteor shower in June that hardly anyone has ever seen, but it may be responsible for one of the biggest modern asteroid impacts on record.

Starting on June 5 and running until July 18 of each year, Earth passes through a stream of meteoroids in space - bits of rock and ice left behind by a comet known as 2P/Encke as it travels around the Sun. As these bits of comet debris are swept up by the planet's atmosphere, they produce bright flashes of light across the sky. This is the Beta Taurid meteor shower, which reaches peak activity on June 28-29.

While Comet Encke is also responsible for the Southern and Northern Taurid meteor showers, which send streaks of light across the night skies in October and November, respectively, there's a catch to the June Beta Taurids.

Hardly anyone has seen a Beta Taurid meteor. Unlike most meteor showers, this one occurs during the day, because the meteoroids in this part of the stream are coming at Earth from the direction of the Sun.

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Multiple reports of meteor fireball soaring over Brazil

Fireball over Brazil
© YouTube/Cassiopatias
The American Meteor Society received 84 reports of a fireball over Brazil on June 7, 2019. The meteor was reportedly seen all over the country. Cassio P. and Delcio N. were able to capture video footage of the event:


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Massive meteor fireball over Adelaide, Australia

A late night sight that definitely woke up countless residents!

Fireball over Adelaide
© YouTube/Caters Clips
Late last month, Australia's Adelaide experienced a spectacular and somewhat alarming sight as a fireball released a massive flare in the night sky before plummeting to Earth.

The meteor, captured on the Royal Adelaide Hospital's helipad camera, shined so bright that it made the sky appear to be in mid-sunrise at one point.

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Large Fireball Lights up Skies Over Andalucia, Southern Spain

Fireball benamaurel, Spain, June 1st 2019
In the early hours of Saturday June 1st 2019, a large fireball was seen above the skies of Southern Spain. The startling spectacle lasted approximately 3 seconds as the meteor/fireball turned night into day for a brief moment over the town of Benamaurel, Granada province.
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Driver shocked as meteor fireball flashes across south east England

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A 'FIREBALL' has been seen blazing a trail across the skies of Sussex.

One Twitter user said: "Just driving through and looked up to see something we could only describe as a fireball.

"It was a real 'wow' moment, I just saw it fly across the windscreen.

"It was low and very fireball-like."

The UK Meteor Observation Network posted an image of the fireball, taken in East Barnet in London.

Fireball seen in Sussex
© UK Meteor Observation Network
Fireball seen in Sussex

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Mystery surrounds 'massive bang' in Plymouth, England

Loud bang in Plymouth, England
© plymouthlive.com
Plymouth residents say they were woken to "a massive bang" in the middle of the night - but no-one knows what it was.

Several people on social media said there was some activity in the St Judes area of the city during the early hours of Monday morning.

She tweeted: "there was a massive bang at 4.10am heard in st Jude's, anyone know what it was please? Scared the life outta me it was so loud."

Comment: A subsequent article reports that the loud bang was caused by fireworks. The noise was heard the Hooe, Laira, Mutley and St Jude's sections of Plymouth which encompasses about a 4-5 mile area. We doubt fireworks could cause such an uproar at 4:00 am.
"I sat up and opened the window, (I live in an attic room, so I have a very good view south over the PL4 area and over to PL1 and PL9) but couldn't see anything. I could hear seagulls flying away, squawking in surprise and fear.

"To me the boom noise sounded like a firework, but I saw no fireworks or lights in the sky.

One comment on social media read: "Defo a pretty firework, I saw it whilst working nights on Laira train depot."

Another said: " Sure there were fireworks going off between 3-4 o'clock I could hear from Mutley."



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Nighttime meteor fireball reported flying over Germany, France

Fireball over Germany
© Martin R.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 8 reports of a meteor flying over Germany and France on the night of May 22, 2019. AMS member Jurgen D. uploaded video footage of the event from his all-sky camera:


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Meteor fireball captured over northern Germany

Fireball over Germany
© Andre K.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received two reports of a meteor over northern Germany on May 24, 2019. AMS member A. Knofel uploaded video footage of the fireball as is flew over Tauche: