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Meteor fireball sails over southern Wales, UK

Fireball over Wales
© YouTube/AMS/M. Statham
On May 20, 2019, the American Meteor Society received two reports of a meteor fireball over southern Wales. M. Statham uploaded video footage of the event:


Spectacular light show as meteor fireball lights up south-eastern Australia

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Spectacular footage has emerged of a meteor soaring over south-eastern Australia overnight, engulfing the night sky in a brilliant explosion of light.

Dashcam and CCTV vision show a ball of light racing through the sky before exploding just before midnight, triggering reports from Adelaide to the Gippsland coast in Victoria's east.

Vice President of the Astronomical Society Perry Vlahos told 9News that it's relatively rare to see a "piece of space dust" that "bright in the sky."

Comment: The night before: Meteor fireball detonates over Australia's Northern Territory, turns night into day

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New Comet C/2019 J1 (Lemmon)

CBET 4625 & MPEC 2019-J122, issued on 2019, May 12, announce the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~17.5) in the course of the "Mt. Lemmon Survey" (G96), in images taken on 2019, May 04 with a 1.5-m reflector + 10K CCD. This object was reported as a comet by R. A. Kowalskiand D. Rankin (G96, May 4). The new comet has been designated C/2019 J1 (Lemmon).

I performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage. Stacking of 12 unfiltered exposures, 120 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2019, May 06.4 from H06 (iTelescope network) through a 0.25-m f/3.4 reflector + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a diffuse coma about 10 arcsec in diameter.

My confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version)

Comet C/2019 Lemmon
© Remanzacco Blogspot


Home surveillance camera captures exploding meteor as it lights up sky in Seattle, Washington

Fireball over Seattle, WA
© YouTube/AMS/D. Driftmier
On April 29, 2019, the American Meteor Society uploaded video from a home surveillance camera of an exploding meteor that lit up the sky in Seattle, Washington.

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Meteor fireball seen over north-central and east Texas

Fireball over Texas
© Kevin P.
On May 16, 2019, the American Meteor Society received reports of a fireball seen over Texas. Kevin P. uploaded video of the meteor as it flew over Hawley:


Powerful, mysterious explosion heard in Grand'Anse, Haiti likely a meteorite

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Sunday between 3:00 and 4:00 pm a huge roar, similar to a huge explosion of undetermined origin was heard throughout the department of Grand'Anse sowing anxiety and some panic in the population, unable to locate the origin of this noise and explain the cause, leaving room for rumors of all kinds.

Monday, 24 hours after this phenomenon, some still evoked the awakening of a volcano, while there is no volcano in this department. The only two volcanoes existing in Haiti are at Thomazeau and at the Morne la Vigie. They have been asleep for nearly a million years and pose no danger to the population. Sunday and Monday, the local authorities were not able to explain this phenomenon.

The engineer-geologist Claude Prépetit, Director General of the Bureau of Mines and Energy says that it is not an earthquake or a volcanic activity and rather advanced the hypothesis of the explosion of a meteorite that would have disintegrated in the atmosphere before touching the ground, no point of impact having been reported for the moment, as it was the case in Cuba at the beginning of February 2019.


Mysterious, loud cannon-like boom heard in western Nebraska town

Mystery boom (stock)
© KY3
At some point around 8:45 p.m. on Monday, May 13, residents in central Sidney heard a mysterious loud 'boom' sound which caused several people to exit their homes in hopes of identifying the source.

An official noise complaint was filed to the Sidney Police Department from a homeowner on the 1100 Block of Newton Street with a description of hearing a, "similar noise to cannon being fired."

Sidney Police Chief Joe Aikens said he and the responding officer aren't sure where the sound may have come from, or what may have caused it. If anyone has information pertaining to the loud noise, please contact the Police Department at (308)254-5515.


Meteor fireball flies over Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France

Fireball over Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France
© YouTube/AMS/M. Fuolega
On May 10, 2019, a meteor fireball was reported over Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France. The American Meteor society uploaded video footage of the event taken by M. Fuolega in Chioggia, Italy:

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Meteor fireball captured flying over central eastern Brazil

Fireball over east central Brazil
© YouTube/Bramon - Brazilian Meteor Observation Network
On May 9, 2019, YouTuber Brazilian Meteor Obsevation Network (BRAMON) uploaded video footage from 5 cameras capturing the celestial event. They were recorded over Brazilia, Nhandeara, Patos de Minas and Batatais:

Comment: Just two days prior, a meteor was recorded over Mato Grasso, Brazil. And another was seen on April 26th flying over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Meteor fireball lights up sky over Katingan Regency, Indonesia

Fireball over Indonesia
© YouTube/AsMus Channel
On May 7, 2019, YouTube user 'AsMus Channel' uploaded footage of a fireball flying through the skies of Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia: