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Meteor fireball seen soaring over São Paulo, Brazil

Fireball over Sao Paulo, Brazil
© AMS/Eduardo S.
On September 29, 2019, a meteor was captured by EXOSS as it flew over São Paulo, Brazil. The footage was uploaded to the American Meteor Society by 'Eduardo S':


Bright flash from meteor fireball captured on home surveillance camera in Denham Springs, Louisiana

Bright flash from meteor in LA
© YouTube/J. Prestridge
On September 30, 2019, American Meteor Society member 'J. Prestridge' captured video of a bright flash of light attributed to a meteor on her home surveillance camera:

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Daytime fireball meteor explodes over Queensland emitting a deafening sonic boom

Queensland meteor fireball

The huge ball of fire was seen in the skies around 1.30pm on Tuesday in areas across Far North Queensland (pictured)
An incredibly rare 'daytime fireball' meteor exploded in the sky above Far North Queensland on Tuesday.

The 'very bright flash of light' was seen in the skies around 1.30pm spanning hundreds of kilometres around Cairns.

It was followed by a sonic boom which left some locals wondering if there had been an earthquake.

David Reneke who has been an astronomer for 50 years told Daily Mail Australia it was extremely rare to ever witness this type of meteor.

'To see one in the daytime is quite a unique event, they're quite rare,' Mr Reneke said.

Comment: Other meteor fireballs observed over Australia recently include:

Meteor fireball caught on camera flying across southern Victoria, Australia (26th Sept. 2019)

'Fireball' meteor lights up skies over Tasmania and Victoria (21st Sept. 2019)

Mr Reneke said the meteors burn through the sky before becoming so hot that they explode.

'These meteors come through the sky and they burn and they melt. When they melt they give off nice bright colours and a sonic boom associated.'

'They get so hot they actually explode.'

He said it was hard to see as it was over in a matter of seconds.

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Stunning meteor fireball filmed exploding over the Mediterranean Sea

Fireball over Mediterranean Sea`
© YouTube/Meteors
The SMART project captured footage of an 'amazing meteor' as it soared over the Mediterranean Sea on September 25, 2019:
It was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 140,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 108 km over the sea, and ended at a height of around 60 km.

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Bright meteor fireball flies over the north of Spain

Fireball over N. Spain
© YouTube/Meteors
On September 27, 2019, the SMART projected recorded a bright meteor as it flew over the provinces of Segovia, Valladolid and Zamora, Spain:
This fireball flew over the provinces of Segovia, Valladolid and Zamora on the night of September 27, at 22:40 local time.

A rock from an asteroid at a speed of about 111 thousand kilometers per hour came into the earth's atmosphere. The ball of fire advanced westward to end south of the province of Zamora.

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Meteor fireball widely reported over northern Germany

Meteor fireball over Germany
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society has received 157 reports about a meteor fireball seen over northern and eastern Germany on Friday, September 27th 2019 around 17:32 UT.

A Twitter user from Ludwigsburg near Greifswald managed to photograph it over Greifswalder Bodden according to NDR.de. Some observers reported a greenish glowing ball of light with a tail that broke into three to four parts after three to five seconds.


Pure hubris: NASA investing in 'planetary defense' to detect, deflect city-killing asteroids

NASA DART program
© Fox News
NASA has doubled what it is spending to help detect and possibly deflect asteroids on a collision course with Earth.

Next year, the U.S. space agency plans to spend $150 million on its so-called "planetary defense" programs. Some of the money would be going to develop systems to detect asteroids and comets like the football-field-sized space rock that zipped past the Earth this summer at 55,000 mph. It was only spotted by astronomers 24-hours after it passed by.

This close, passing asteroid was characterized as a "city killer" by Swinburne University astronomy professor Alan Duffy. If it had been on a collision course, it would have crashed into the Earth with more than 30 times the energy of the atomic blast at Hiroshima, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine likened it to the meteor that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

Even though NASA missed this relatively small asteroid, the agency is "really good at characterizing, cataloging and tracking objects that are one kilometer or larger, which is the type of object that could damage the Earth permanently, Bridenstine said. But NASA is investing in capabilities to discover these smaller objects.


Meteor fireball caught on camera flying across southern Victoria, Australia

Fireball over NZ
© Catriona Ross
A meteor has been caught on camera flying across regional Victoria.

Catriona Ross was sitting with her family around a bonfire in Koroit, near Warrnambool, when her son Lachlan noticed the meteor.

"I already had my camera open on my phone because I was taking photos of the bonfire so I zoomed it around," Ross told 7NEWS.com.au.

Ross said the meteor was bright but wasn't travelling as fast as a regular meteor would.

"It was amazing... it was quite clear," Ross said. "The unusual thing was that it was right on sunset."

Comment: Just five days before this meteor sighting, another fireball lit up the skies over Tasmania and Victoria.


NASA chief: Risk of asteroid impact not being taken seriously, international cooperation needed to meet cosmic threat

NASA chief warns of meteors
© Adastra/Taxi/Getty Images
Meteors that could destroy an entire U.S. state are a real threat to Earth, NASA's chief warned on Monday.

Speaking at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington, D.C., NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine warned that the risk posed by meteor crashes was not being taken seriously.

"This is not about Hollywood, this is not about movies, this is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life," he said.

Bridenstine pointed to the meteorite that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, which had "30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima" and injured around 1,500 people. Just 16 hours after the crash, NASA detected an even larger object that approached the earth but did not land on it, he revealed.

Comment: It's so obvious, NASA is saying it outright. But instead trillion$ are wasted on geopolitical power games and social engineering...

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In two days, meteor fireballs were reported in the northeast US

On September 17, 2019, The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 19 reports of a meteor flying over New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

AMS member 'Ari K.' snapped a picture of the fireball as it soared over Maryland:

Fireball over NE US
© Ari K.
Another meteor was seen just two days later in New York and was captured on video by 'J. Taddeo':

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