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Bright meteor fireball captured over eastern France

Observers map for event 7648-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map for event 7648-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 115 reports (event 7648-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Baden-Württemberg, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Fribourg, Grand Est, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Piemonte, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rheinland-Pfalz and Vaud on Sunday, December 13th 2020 around 16:42 UT.

One video was uploaded (credit @flightlevel150) to the AMS website:


Mysterious fireball spotted in skies over Morecambe, England explained by experts

A mysterious flaming rock in the sky has had people in Morecambe scratching their heads.

What appeared to be a "big rock on fire" was seen over the town at around 8.15am on Monday (December 7).

Two 11-year-old boys, Thomas Wilson and Jay Grounds, saw the strange object while walking to school and managed to take a picture of it:
Fireball over Morecambe, England
© Thomas Wilson and Jay Grounds
Jay's mum, Beth, said: "My son and his friend Thomas saw what the described as a big rock on fire in the sky this morning on their way to school and Thomas got this picture of it. Did anyone else see it around 8.15am?"

She added that the boys said that it disappeared from view after a few moments.

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Meteor fireball recorded blazing over Ontario, Canada

Observers map for event 7440-2020
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map for event 7440-2020
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 155 reports (event 7440-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, MI, NJ, NY, Ontario, PA, Québec, RI, VA and WV on Tuesday, December 8th 2020 around 00:31 UT.

For this event, AMS received one video.


Mystery 'boom' heard over Bath, England in early morning hours

Bath City Centre
© Artur Lesniak/Bath Chronicle
Reports of a 'massive boom' in Bath have been circulating since the early hours of this morning.

Nobody seems to know what the noise was, which seemingly took place at around 12.22am (Sunday December 6).

One person on Twitter said: "Anyone in Bath UK hear that? MASSIVE boom???"

To which someone replied: "Yeah, what was it?"

When asked what kind of noise it was, the witness said: "A really loud concussive bang. Felt it as well as heard it. It echoed. Nothing like a firework or a car back firing."


Loud boom heard across central New York state apparently a meteoroid

Loud boom central New York
© 9 ABC News
Just after noon, many people across our region heard a loud boom and felt some shaking. People on social media are commenting that they heard the noise in Onondaga, Madison, and Oswego counties.

Here is a map of reported fireball sightings around the Northeast Wednesday afternoon.

According to the American Meteor Society, the sound heard across Central New York came at the same time witnesses reported seeing a meteor streaking across the sky in other areas not under dense cloud cover.

"We currently have 41 reports of this fireball." Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told us. "It seems that central New York and northern Pennsylvania had cloudy skies and therefore did not see the fireball. If skies had been clear I'm certain that the trajectory would shift toward central NY, where the reports of sounds are numerous."

Comment: See also: Falling meteor causes fireball, flash of light over parts of Ontario

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Bright meteor fireball over the Mediterranean Sea on December 2

This beautiful meteor was spotted form Spain on 2020 December 3 at 0:40 local time (equivalent to 23:40 universal time on Dec. 2). It overflew the Mediterranean Sea.

The bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 147,000 km / h. It began at an altitude of about 112 km over the sea, and ended at a height of around 72 km after traveling about 77 km in the Earth's atmosphere.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), and Seville.

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Falling meteor causes fireball, flash of light over parts of Ontario

A meteor travelling an estimated 100,000 kilometers an hour is believed to have fallen into the earth's atmosphere on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in multiple reports of a bright flash of light above Toronto and some streaks of fire in the sky across southern Ontario.

Around noon, a number of GTA residents reported seeing a fireball trail across the sky while others said they saw a large flash of nearly blinding light.

A camera on the CN Tower captured a split-second view of the flash of light across the Toronto skyline.


Mysterious, loud 'boom' shakes North Okanagan, British Columbia residents

Loud boom in Okangan,BC
© keremeosreview.com (file photo)
Village of Lumby
As many as 100 residents in the Lumby area have reported hearing a sudden, deafening noise just after 12 p.m. Friday.

And so far, nobody seems to know what caused it.

Rob Blake said the noise sounded like a loud explosion, in a post on the Around the Block Lumby Facebook page around 12:10 p.m. Nov. 27.

"It was like a volcano erupted," Blake said.

"Did anyone just hear that big boom, Creighton Valley Rd," his post reads. Since then, the post has racked up more than 125 comments, with people reporting they heard the sound from various locations in the area.

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Meteor fireball sighted by 90 observers over Germany

Fireball sighted over Germany

Fireball sighted over Germany
About 90 sightings were notified to the fireball network within a span of some hours, according to Berlin's Technical University.

Western Germany on Saturday witnessed a mysterious fireball darting through its night sky, as per the statement of some astronomers.

The bright streak caused by the fireball lasted about 5 to 7 seconds, ending in a jade (forest green) colour and diverging into two smaller blips, a witness at Siegen near Bonn had conveyed to the "fireball network." The said network is run by Berlin's Technical University (TU) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

"Most probably it was an asteroid fragment that had entered the atmosphere," said DLR fireball expert Dieter Heinlein on Sunday, linking the position of the spectacle the evening before to be over Kassel city in central Germany.

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Meteor fireball 'as bright as full moon' spotted in night sky over Japan - 2nd for the country in 4 days

Social media was abuzz Sunday after reports that an object emitting an intense light had been spotted falling from the skies above Japan in the early hours of the morning.

The fireball, believed to be a bolide -- a type of shooting star often compared to a full moon for its brightness -- could be seen clearly from parts of western and central Japan.

A man in his 20s living in Gifu Prefecture was able to capture the shooting star on camera as it momentarily lit up the sky at around 1:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

"It made a rumbling noise," one Twitter user wrote, while another said, "The sky went totally bright."

Comment: The other fireball was filmed on November 25 (26?):