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Meteor fireball lights up sky in metro Atlanta, Georgia

Fireball over Atlanta, GA
© WSB-TV2
People in East Cobb witnessed a special sight Wednesday night.

Former Channel 2 reporter and now Cobb County spokesperson Ross Cavitt shared a video of a flash in the sky Wednesday night, from his dashboard camera.

He said it was even more impressive in person.

It was a shooting star. Basically, what that is is a meteor.

"What happens in the atmosphere in space is you have all these space rocks, debris just kind of orbiting around Earth's atmosphere. Then sometimes they get pulled down into the atmosphere,"​Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said.


Comment: The American Meteor Society received 39 reports of this fireball. It was also seen in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


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Meteor fireball soars over Germany, the Netherlands

Fireball over Germany and the Netherlands
© YouTube/AMS/Stefan F.
On November 4, 2019, the American Meteor Society received 25 reports of a meteor over Germany and the Netherlands. There were two reports of the fireball being seen from northeastern France.

AMS member Stefan F. caught footage of event from Viernheim, Hesse, Germany:


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Two in two days: Another meteor fireball seen over Southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© YouTube/AMS/Patrick L.
On November 4, 2019, a meteor was caught flying through the sky in Acton, California. Patrick L. caught the fireball on his dashcam and uploaded it to the American Meteor Society (AMS). The AMS received 6 additional sighting reports from San Diego to Long Beach.


Just two days prior, a fireball was seen soaring over the state.

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Big boom, bright streak of light across the sky over Pacific Northwest was a meteor

Meteor fireball (stock)
© Ikonacolor/Getty Images (file photo)
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a meteor!

Observant stargazers in the Pacific Northwest noticed something streak across the night sky late Sunday night, with a long, blue-green tail and an accompanying booming sound.

Posts in Reddit forums started popping up: "I saw what looked like a strange firework ..."Did anyone else see a shooting star tonight?" "What was that huge explosion sound north Seattle????"

The awe wasn't confined to the Seattle area. A Reddit user in Vancouver, B.C., reported seeing "a relatively large streak of light cut diagonally across the sky tonight around 11:30 p.m. We're in the Dunbar and 16th area and saw it in a north-northwest direction, about 30 degrees up. I thought it was just white, my girlfriend said it was rainbow coloured. Are there any meteor showers or something tonight? It lasted about three-quarters of a second, and sort of faded quickly."


Comment: The East Oregonian reports the boom shook windows, doors and rattled walls in northeast Oregon:
"It was a loud boom that lasted a long time and rattled the walls," said Crystal McKee, who lives near the center of town.

"It sounded like they were lighting off dynamite in the park," said Jason Martinez. He lives across the street from Athena City Park, which sits at the southern edge of town.

The noise shook both from deep sleep.
...

One person initially thought a car had crashed into her house. Others said the concussion shook windows and doors. Someone from Weston heard it too — and another on Weston Mountain. One speculated about a massive crater nearby.



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Loud house-shaking boom rattles residents in Wichita, Kansas

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A series of loud booms shook south Wichita Saturday afternoon, leaving thousands of people as far away as Haysville and Marion County wondering what caused them.

Beginning around 1:40 p.m., Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers fielded many calls about "possible explosions."

A spokesperson from the National Earthquake Information Center says that their recording equipment has not shown evidence of an earthquake. We have reached out to McConnell Air Force Base but so far have not received an answer.

Ruby Welch posted via Facebook that the boom "shook her house" and thought that "something blew up in (her) neighborhood."

Some people have speculated that it was a meteor. Others think it may have been a sonic boom. Others thought they had seen strange objects in the sky, but that has not been confirmed.

Comment: On November 2nd, the American Meteor Society received 36 reports of a meteor over Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


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Doorbell camera captures 'huge' meteor fireball over Southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© MSN/Jessica Gilstrap
Home security cameras captured the moment a meteor streaked across the night sky over Fullerton, California, in the early hours of November 2.

Jessica Gilstrap tweeted this video recorded by her doorbell camera, writing: "WHOA! Jared and I were laying in bed and a bright light shone in our room, I thought someone was outside with a flashlight. It was a HUGE meteor! Our doorbell cam caught it. So cool."

Comment: Additional footage of the bolide was uploaded to the American Meteor Society by Steve R.:




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Meteor fireball streaks over northeast Ontario

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People across northeastern Ontario are still talking about seeing a fireball falling through the sky during the evening hours on October 29.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. and social media lit like the fireball people reported seeing streaking across the horizon.

Rachel Hamelin says she saw the spectacle on her way home from work, and says she was awestruck.

"We've always watched the meteor showers in August at the cottage, so you can see all of the white streaks just all over the sky... but this was completely different because it was red and bright. It was a massive fireball. To see something like that, you see videos of it, but to actually see it with your own eyes... videos don't do it justice," says Hamlin.

Some speculated that it was a piece of a satellite, or even aliens, but an astronomy professor says it's a common phenomenon, albeit rare to see in person.

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Large green meteor fireball widely observed flying over Ireland

Green meteor fireball over Ireland

Sean Linehan was driving near Banteer, Co Cork when he recorded amazing footage of the meteor on his dashcam.
An Irish driver has captured stunning footage of a low-flying meteor over Co Cork.

Sean Linehan was driving near Banteer, Co Cork at around 7pm on Monday night when we recorded amazing footage of the green meteor on his dashcam.

Sean uploaded the clip to his Twitter account shortly after, tweeting: "Just caught this on my dashcam outside Banteer, Cork.


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Grimsby, England residents report late-night 'deafening bang'

Loud boom in Grimsby, England
© Abby Ruston
Did you hear the "deafening bang" that awoke residents last night?

A number of Scartho residents took to social media last night to try and find out the cause of a loud bang that was heard across the area. People say that they are convinced that it was not a firework, and were worried that it may have been an explosion.

The noise was was heard at around 11pm last night, and there have been a number of theories about what may have caused it, ranging from a sonic boom to neighbours putting their bins out too loudly - although as it was heard from as far away as Waltham and Killingholme, the latter is unlikely.

One Scartho resident took to social media to say: "Did anyone just hear a loud bang? Was not a firework, sounded like some sort of explosion".

Another resident, who claimed to have bad hearing said: "I heard it up Scartho top, it was extremely loud and I'm deaf!"

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Meteor fireball caught on dash-cam as it flies over California

Fireball over California
© YouTube/AMS/Paul M.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 25 reports of a meteor over California on October 22, 2019. AMS member 'Paul M.' caught footage of the fireball on his dash-cam as it flew over Leona Valley.