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Meteor fireball over New Mexico

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You can expect meteor activity to increase in the coming months, as we re-enter a time of year for major meteor showers. Here's what appears to be a random meteor, but a very bright one!

Have you seen a bright fireball? Report it to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

Here's Mike's report to the AMS.


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Hundreds report daytime meteor fireball over Southeast US

Meteor fireball over Southeast US on April 4, 2019.
© A. McCullough, AMS
Meteor fireball over Southeast US on April 4, 2019.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 434 reports about a meteor fireball seen over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia on Thursday, April 4th 2019 around 10:50 UT.

AMS received 9 videos and 7 photos of the event.


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Meteor fireball recorded over Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil meteor fireball
© AMS/E. Santiago
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 8 reports about a meteor fireball seen over Minas Gerais and São Paulo on Wednesday, April 3rd 2019 around 06:24 UT.

The event was recorded by Exoss monitoring stations and a video uploaded to the AMS website.


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Streaking meteor fireball caught on dash-cam over Wisconsin

Meteor over Kenosha
© Screen Capture Youtube
A meteor entering the earth's atmosphere lit up the sky early Wednesday around 2 a.m.

For one motorist driving west of Kenosha, it appeared that the streaking fireball had crashed near the Strawberry Creek club house and housing development. His 911 call triggered a response from both the Kenosha and Bristol fire departments.

Pleasant Prairie Police. dashcam video is below

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Large green meteor fireball captured blazing through Florida night sky

Florida meteor fireball
© YouTube / EVE Pro Guides - EVE Online PVP and ISK Guides
A large green meteor was spotted blazing through the night sky in northern Florida Saturday night, and several dashboard cameras managed to capture the fireball in action.

The bright teardrop-shaped meteor fell at about 11:55pm EST and eyewitnesses reported a five to six second descent, followed by a bright flash that lit up the sky like a firework.


Comment: Last week another streaking fireball, believed to be meteorite, was spotted over Gadsden County, Florida.


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Green meteor fireball captured by amateur photographer over Tasmania

Meteor over Tasmania
© Leoni williams
Residents in Tasmania's south captured the fast flash of light on camera.
They were waiting for the Aurora Australis, but amateur photographers were left guessing after seeing a bright green flash light up the Tasmanian sky.

Amateur photographer Leoni Williams captured a shot of the green streak about 9:30pm on Thursday by "accident".

Overlooking Pipe Clay Lagoon, toward Clifton Beach in southern Tasmania, Ms Williams had her camera facing south in anticipation of an Aurora.

"I was very lucky to capture this bright green object before it disappeared over the horizon," Ms Williams said.

"I'm still not sure what it was. I didn't actually see it with the naked eye as I wasn't watching. I had just set the camera on 30 seconds and pushed the shutter and turned back to my phone.
"I would imagine it was pretty quick. I nearly missed it because it was at the end of the exposure."
Photo sparked social media debate

Ms Williams took to social media to try and find out what she'd captured on camera.

Opinions varied, with some thinking it was a shooting star, a fallen satellite or even a UFO.

Spotted from the Huon Valley to Dodges Ferry, other photos began popping up on social media.

Eventually, it was shared on social media page Australian Meteor Reports.

"It's definitely a meteor," page administrator David Finlay said.
"That flash that's been captured is a very, very bright meteor - it's what we'd call a 'fireball'. It probably lit up the countryside."
Mr Finlay - a former industrial chemist who has been studying astronomy from an very early age - said the flash was created by a "small rock from space, blazing through the atmosphere, creating friction with the atmosphere".

"It glows and ionises gas - that's what you see as this fireball blazing through the sky.

"If it actually survives atmospheric entry and lands as a rock on land, that's what we call a meteorite - only if it makes it to the ground."

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Meteor fireball seen in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Meteor observed by camera in Douglassville,
© PETER DETERLINE
Meteor observed by camera in Douglassville, Berks County, around 6:13 am EST on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Witnesses across the East Coast described seeing a fireball in the sky that morning, including to people in Philadelphia.
Reports of a substantial fireball came in to the American Meteor Society from Lehigh Valley residents Thursday.

"It was very large! Much bigger than any type of shooting star I have seen. The flames around it were evident!" one report from Bethlehem read.

The reports to the American Meteor Society put the fireball's appearance as around 6:15 a.m. EDT. Sunrise on Thursday was 6:46 a.m.

The nonprofit society lists dozens of reports of this fireball as pending on its website, amsmeteors.org.


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Bright meteor fireball observed over Santa Catarina, Brazil

Meteor fireball over Santa Catarina, Brazil on March 24, 2019.
© V. Antonio Geraldo
Meteor fireball over Santa Catarina, Brazil on March 24, 2019.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has 34 reports about a meteor fireball seen over Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina on Sunday, March 24th 2019 around 21:39 UT.

A video has been uploaded on the AMS Website. AMS Event: 1245-2019, Report 163602 (1245m-2019) Credit:V. Antonio Geraldo.


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Streaking fireball, believed to be meteorite, spotted over Gadsden County, Florida

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Workers at a Gadsden County business spotted a fireball streaking through the sky early Friday morning.

A security camera at Roberts Sand Company in Quincy captured video of the apparent meteorite.

"It came across the sky and you could see the fire trail behind it," said operations manager Dwyane Fox.

Fox told WCTV's Katie Kaplan that something flashing and bright had caught his eye it about 7:10 a.m.

"I looked up at it and you could see the fireball coming down and parts coming off of it and a little bit of black smoke coming off," he said.


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Meteor fireball spotted over parts of New York State [VIDEO]

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The American Meteor Society is reporting that a meteor was spotted over parts of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Tuesday morning at around 2:35 a.m.



As of now, there are eighty seven reports on the AMS website about the fireball, which can be seen streaking across the sky in the video above.