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Meteor fireball seen over Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York and New Jersey

Fireball over PA
© Christoper S.
On June 8, 2019, over 30 reports were received by the American Meteor Society of a fireball seen in six northeast US states. Christoper S. in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania captured the meteor on his security camera:

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Reports of meteor fireball seen over west Texas

Fireball over Hawley, TX
© Kevin P.
The American Meteor Society received 4 reports of a fireball over west Texas on June 15, 2019. Kevin P. filmed the meteor as it flew over Hawley:

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Meteor fireball flying over the Ozarks in Arkansas captured on skycam

Fireball over the Ozarks, AR
© YouTube/Lost In The Ozarks
On June 10, 2019, The American Meteor Society received two reports of a fireball over the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas. The meteor was also visible in southwest Missouri. William M.'s Allsky camera in Marshall, Arkansas captured the event:

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Meteor fireball seen flying over Flagstaff, Arizona

Fireball over Flagstaff, AZ
© Spalding Allsky Camera Network S.
The American Meteor Society received 2 reports of a fireball over Flagstaff, Arizona on June 11, 2019. Spalding Allsky Camera Network S. was able to film footage of the event:


Meteor fireball soars over Qujing in China's Yunnan province

Fireball over Qujing, China
© Yaolei W.
On June 8, 2019, the American Meteor Society received a report of a meteor seen over of China's Yunnan province. Y. Wang caught video of the fireball as it flew over Qujing:

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Bright meteor fireball filmed on June 15 over the province of Toledo, Spain

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This bright meteor overflew Toledo and Madrid on 2019 June 15 at 3:48 local time (equivalent to 1:48 universal time). It was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 80,000 km/h. It began over the province of Toledo at an altitude of about 86 km, and ended at a height of around 39 km over Madrid.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project (University of Huelva), operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), and Sevilla.

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Dashcam captures spectacular meteor fireball in Canberra, Australia

Fireball over Canberra, Australia
© Germaine Muller
If you looked skywards on Thursday and thought you saw a flash of blue light up the night sky, you weren't imagining it.

Canberra was treated to a spectacular meteor display late on Thursday, just after 10pm, with many capturing the spectacle on camera.

While it looked large, Australian National University astronomy professor Dr Brad Tucker said the meteor itself was relatively small.

"It was probably between 20 and 50 centimetres in size. It was a relatively small meteor, it just appears very bright," Dr Tucker said.

"The blue-green colour that everyone saw was because these meteors are mostly iron and nickel, and when it melts as it burns up in the atmosphere, it burns that colour.

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Beta Taurid meteor shower may pack an unexpected punch

Meteor over Schliengen, Germany (stock)
© Stephanie Vetter (2018)
There is an annual meteor shower in June that hardly anyone has ever seen, but it may be responsible for one of the biggest modern asteroid impacts on record.

Starting on June 5 and running until July 18 of each year, Earth passes through a stream of meteoroids in space - bits of rock and ice left behind by a comet known as 2P/Encke as it travels around the Sun. As these bits of comet debris are swept up by the planet's atmosphere, they produce bright flashes of light across the sky. This is the Beta Taurid meteor shower, which reaches peak activity on June 28-29.

While Comet Encke is also responsible for the Southern and Northern Taurid meteor showers, which send streaks of light across the night skies in October and November, respectively, there's a catch to the June Beta Taurids.

Hardly anyone has seen a Beta Taurid meteor. Unlike most meteor showers, this one occurs during the day, because the meteoroids in this part of the stream are coming at Earth from the direction of the Sun.

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Multiple reports of meteor fireball soaring over Brazil

Fireball over Brazil
© YouTube/Cassiopatias
The American Meteor Society received 84 reports of a fireball over Brazil on June 7, 2019. The meteor was reportedly seen all over the country. Cassio P. and Delcio N. were able to capture video footage of the event:

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Massive meteor fireball last month turned night into day in Adelaide, Australia

A late night sight that definitely woke up countless residents!

Fireball over Adelaide
© YouTube/Caters Clips
Late last month, Australia's Adelaide experienced a spectacular and somewhat alarming sight as a fireball released a massive flare in the night sky before plummeting to Earth.

The meteor, captured on the Royal Adelaide Hospital's helipad camera, shined so bright that it made the sky appear to be in mid-sunrise at one point.