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Meteor fireball over Oklahoma and over states on January 17

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We received 9 reports about a fireball seen over AR, KS, MO and OK on Tuesday, January 17th 2023 around 07:21 UT.

For this event, we received one video.


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Meteor fireball over the Gulf of Cádiz, Spain (Jan. 15)

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This bright bolide was spotted over Spain on January 15, at 22:52 local time (equivalent to 21:52 universal time). The event was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 86,000 km/h. The fireball overflew the Gulf of Cádiz. It began at an altitude of about 74 km over the Gulf of Cádiz, moved northwest, and ended at a height of around 39 km over Isla Cristina (province of Huelva).

This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Huelva, La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), Sevilla, and Huelva. The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


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Meteor fireball over the south of Spain (Jan. 11)

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This bright bolide was spotted over Spain on January 11, at 3:17 local time (equivalent to 2:17 universal time). The event was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 127,000 km/h. The fireball overflew the province of Córdoba. It began at an altitude of about 96 km over the locality of Baena (province of Córdoba), moved northeast, and ended at a height of around 41 km over Valenzuela (province of Córdoba).

This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Huelva, La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto, Sierra Nevada, and Sevilla. The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).


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Meteor fireball over Oklahoma and Texas on January 11

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We received 179 reports about a fireball seen over OK and TX on Wednesday, January 11th 2023 around 00:47 UT.

For this event, we received 7 videos.


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Meteor fireball over England and Wales on January 9

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We received 529 reports about a fireball seen over England, Hauts-de-France, Vale, Vlaams Gewest, Wales, Zeeland and Zuid-Holland on Monday, January 9th 2023 around 20:02 UT.

For this event, we received 7 videos and 2 photos.


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Meteor fireball over northern Italy on January 5

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It appeared at a height of 71 kilometers from the earth 's surface, reaching a speed of 17 kilometers per second and finally reaching the considerable altitude of 37 kilometres.

These are some of the numbers shared by the experts of Prisma (the first Italian network for the systematic surveillance of meteors and atmosphere) regarding the passage of a brilliant fireball over the Venice area yesterday evening, at around 18:36. ( Article here ).

Here are the images of the fabulous show.


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Possible naked-eye comet will visit Earth for first time in 50,000-years

The comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) could be bright enough to be spotted with the naked eye as it passes the sun and Earth at the end of the first month of 2023.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
© Hisayoshi Sato via NASA/JPL-Caltech
An image of the Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) taken by astrophotographer Hisayoshi Sato as seen in a still image from a NASA video.
At the start of 2023 Earth will be visited by a newly discovered comet that may just be bright enough to be spotted with the naked eye.

The comet, named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), is currently passing through the inner solar system. It will make its closest approach to the sun, or perihelion, on Jan. 12, and will then whip past Earth making its closest passage of our planet, its perigee, between Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

If the comet continues to brighten as it currently is, it could be visible in dark skies with the naked eye. This is difficult to predict for comets, but even if C/2022 E3 (ZTF) does fade it should still be visible with binoculars or a telescope for a number of days around its close approach.

According to NASA, observers in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to find the comet in the morning sky, as it moves in the direction of the northwest during January. C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will become visible for observers in the Southern Hemisphere in early February 2023.

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2022: Storms, Sheets of Rain and Tornadoes in the Netherlands

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Storm Corrie touches down in Scheveningen, a district of The Hague, Netherlands, on January 31st, 2022.
There was a stormy start to 2022 as at least four storms battered the Netherlands throughout the end of January and February. During the year, the country also saw snowfall, floods, sinkholes, tornadoes and fireballs. Below are some highlights from extreme weather events in the Netherlands in 2022.

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Meteor fireball over Alabama and Florida on December 27

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We received 5 reports about a fireball seen over AL and FL on Tuesday, December 27th 2022 around 23:16 UT.

For this event, we received one video.


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Meteor fireball over France and 5 adjacent countries on December 26

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We received 73 reports about a fireball seen over Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Île-de-France, Baden-Württemberg, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire, Grand Est, Hauts-de-France, Hessen, Jura, Lombardia, Neuchâtel, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Piemonte and Provence- on Monday, December 26th 2022 around 21:02 UT.

For this event, we received 2 videos and one photo.