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Two fireball events captured on video over Scotland

A lucky photographer captured the rare moment a fireball lit up the sky above Sligachan on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The rare event was accidentally captured by landscape photographer Marcus McAdam, who has been working on a time lapse video showing a year on Skye condensed into minutes.

Recently, he set his camera to record the stars over the Cuillin Mountains overnight. Describing what he discovered the next day, Marcus told Rex Features: "As I was loading the images onto my computer, one thumbnail stood out as being quite different to the others, so I enlarged it and saw a huge streak across the sky".

Unsure what he had captured, he asked his Facebook followers and they pointed to a news story about reports of a fireball seen in the sky. Amazingly, he has since discovered that the phenomenon he recorded was a different fireball - meaning there were two within 50 miles of each other at around the same time.

Marcus added: "I've since learnt that this is an extremely rare event, and even rarer to be photographed, as the whole thing happens in less than a second".

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Five most dramatic asteroids caught on camera

As reports suggest Earth will have a close shave with a 1,345-foot (410m) asteroid in 2032, we look back at five that created a stunning spectacle but left Earth largely unscathed.

The Chelyabinsk asteroid which caused widespread damage in Russia's southern Urals in February maybe the best known, but it's far from the only asteroid sighting captured for posterity.

One of the earliest sightings to be caught on camera was of the Great Daylight Fireball of 1972. Estimated to have been travelling at nine miles per second, it streaked across Utah before flying over Canada.

Police officers out on patrol appear to have a good track record in spotting the flaming fireballs - two of the clips featured above were filmed by in-car cameras fitted to police cars.

With increasing numbers of CCTV systems and dashboard cameras in vehicles, it seems likely that such sightings will increasingly be captured on video.

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16 October 2013: NASA's All-Sky Fireball Network captured 15 fireballs over U.S. in one night!

Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth's atmosphere and many other characteristics. Daily results are presented here on Spaceweather.com.

On Oct. 16, 2013, the network detected 15 fireballs. (12 sporadics, 1 chi Taurid, 1 southern Taurid, 1 Orionid)
All Sky Fireball Network
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In this diagram of the inner solar system, all of the fireball orbits intersect at a single point--Earth. The orbits are color-coded by velocity, from slow (red) to fast (blue). [Larger image] [movies]


Russian divers recover half-tonne meteorite from lake

Divers have recovered part of a meteorite, weighing 570 kilograms, which exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia earlier this year.

The fragment is the largest to be retrieved so far following the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over the southern Urals city on February 15.

Pieces of the meteorite - the largest recorded strike in more than a century - crashed to the bottom of Lake Chebarkul in Russia's Chelyabinsk region.

Divers searched for the fragments in the lake for two months before finding the meteorite chunk.

"It is beautiful, its gorgeous," said Nikolai Mizulin, director of the dive company that retrieved the 570 kilogram piece of rock.

More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave explosion as the meteor landed.

The force of the shock wave was estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atom bombs

The dramatic footage of the meteorite falling to earth was filmed by witnesses.

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Dramatic meteor streak over Maryland

© Corbis
A rash of reports came in about 8 p.m. Monday of a giant meteor shooting through the sky over Maryland, according to The Washington Post.

Witnesses said on social media that the meteor was in the northeast sky traveling eastward.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) reported:
Over 63 (so far) witnesses reporteda large fireball over Lancaster County last night (10/14) around 8:25 PM local EDT (0:25 on 10/15 UT.) The fireball was seen from primarily Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia but witnesses from Washington DC, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania also reported seeing the fireball.
We are currently investigating more reports about this event.

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Fireball meteor lights up aurora display over Scotland

© Byron Griffiths
Byron Griffiths captured this shot from the eastern side of the Isle of Lewis.
A display of the Northern Lights over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has been lit up by a fireball meteor.

Images of the aurora borealis were captured in clear skies on Monday night, including along the west coast and in the Western Isles.

The Northern Lights are generated when particle streams from the sun collide with atoms high up in the atmosphere.

Byron Griffiths, who lives on the Isle of Lewis, took one shot of the fireball as it fell through the sky.

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Meteor Alert - Several larger meteor events expected! NEO Asteroids close approaches October 2013

Meteor Alert: Several larger meteor events and increased meteor activity expected! - Through the end of OCT2013! Get out and watch and HAVE your security/allsky cameras ON!

BUT WAIT and see what will happen in November 2013!!!
- LunarMeteoriteHunter...Tokyo

NEO Asteroids Close Approaches October 2013

8 known NEOs with an LD of 10 or less. Several more are expected to be discovered this month!
2013 SU24, 2013 SC21, 2013 TQ4, 2013 TO4 2013 TR12, 2013 TX68, 2013 TT5, 2013 TM127

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Brilliant fireball seen over most of Western Australia 14 October 2013

A brilliant meteor seen over most of Western Australia about 7pm yesterday was unusual, but not unexpected, according to Guardian astronomy expert Dave Reneke. Mr Reneke said to expect an intense period of meteor activity over the next week or so, with the 'Orionids' meteor shower.

Comment: The Orionids are certainly on their way, though this 'meteor' was seen over most of Western Australia, which doesn't sound like just a part of the Orionids' meteor activity.

"The Orionids are one of the better showers of the year and are well known to produce 'fireballs,' slow-moving meteors that are actually on fire, producing a variety of colours and long, extended tails," he said. "It was more than likely the cause of the one spotted early last night.

"Once seen, these objects are seldom forgotten!" Mr Reneke said a meteor shower occurred when the Earth passed through the tail of a comet that came by years before. "When the Earth intercepts a debris stream, individual particles travel through the earth's atmosphere and start to burn up," he said.

"This time we are passing through the tail of Halley's Comet that came by in 1986.

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Spectacular Meteor 12 October 2013 Saitama, Japan

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© Saitama Allsky Video Capture / Credit- ts007
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Fireball sightings reported over DC area Monday night

Washington - Did you see a flash in the sky tonight?

Multiple reports came into the WTOP newsroom Monday night about a fireball in the area. One listener traveling eastbound on Interstate 66 toward the Route 7 exit said they saw one headed northbound.

Fox 5's Greg Redfern and WTOP's space expert said he and another person saw a bright fireball to the northeast around 8:25 p.m. Redfern says the fireball appeared white to him while another said it was red.

It was moving downward and was "bright as tonight's moon" said Redfern. While he says his view was partially blocked by trees, he says it was a good one.

So far there have been more than 30 reports of fireball sightings to the American Meteor Society, seen as far north as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and other northeastern areas.