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Meteor fireball observed over western US on November 5 - Meteorite impact suspected in obliteration of Northern California home

Dustin Procita is left wondering if a possible meteorite hit his home and started a fire that destroyed it. Several witnesses described a bright ball of light falling from the sky in the area. Firefighters are now investigating.
© Dustin Procita
Dustin Procita is left wondering if a possible meteorite hit his home and started a fire that destroyed it. Several witnesses described a bright ball of light falling from the sky in the area. Firefighters are now investigating.
We received 103 reports about a fireball seen over CA, NV and OR on Saturday, November 5th 2022 around 02:27 UT.

For this event, we received 5 videos.


Comment: Investigation into possible meteorite landing on NorCal home:
Many people across Northern California on Friday reported seeing a bright light in the sky tumbling down. Several people captured the phenomenon on camera. Video taken from El Dorado County showed a bright ball descending from a dark night sky.




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Meteor fireball over New Jersey and other states on November 4

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© Mike D.
We received 136 reports about a fireball seen over CT, MA, MD, ME, New Brunswick, NH, NJ, NY, Ontario, PA, Québec, Quebec, RI, VA and VT on Friday, November 4th 2022 around 01:14 UT.

For this event, we received one video and one photo.


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Meteor fireball over Wyoming and other states on November 2

This screenshot from a doorbell camera video shows a large fireball that streaked over Casper skies at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
© Kendra Gezzi
This screenshot from a doorbell camera video shows a large fireball that streaked over Casper skies at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
We received 8 reports about a fireball seen over MT, ND, SD and WY on Wednesday, November 2nd 2022 around 07:30 UT.

For this event, we received 2 videos.


Comment: Better footage available here: Fireball caught on doorbell cameras shoots across Casper skies early Wednesday


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Meteor fireball over New York and other states on November 2

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We received 26 reports about a fireball seen over DE, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, Ontario, PA, Québec, VA and WV on Wednesday, November 2nd 2022 around 00:46 UT.

For this event, we received one video.


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Meteor fireball over Texas and Louisiana on October 30

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We received 6 reports about a fireball seen over LA and TX on Sunday, October 30th 2022 around 03:39 UT.

For this event, we received 2 videos.


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'Planet killer' asteroid found hiding in sun's glare may one day threaten Earth

"Only about 25 asteroids with orbits completely within Earth's orbit have been discovered to date because of the difficulty of observing near the glare of the sun."

Asteroid behind Sun
© DOE/FNAL/DECam/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva/Spaceengine
Asteroids in the inner system are notoriously hard to detect because of the glare of the sun.
Astronomers have discovered a giant asteroid hiding in the glare of the sun that might one day cross paths with Earth

The 0.9-mile-wide (1.5 kilometers) asteroid is the largest potentially hazardous asteroid spotted in the past eight years and astronomers have dubbed it a "planet killer" because the effects of its impact would be felt across multiple continents.

The asteroid, named 2022 AP7, managed to avoid detection for so long because it orbits in the region between Earth and Venus. To spot space rocks in this area, astronomers have to look in the direction of the sun, and that is notoriously difficult due to the sun's luminosity. For example, flagship telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope never look toward the sun, as the star's brightness would fry their sensitive optics.

Because of that, astronomers have only a limited understanding of the nature of asteroids lurking in this region, and sometimes, surprises may happen. In 2013, a much smaller asteroid, only 66 feet wide (20 m), arrived from the direction of the sun completely without warning. That asteroid exploded above the city of Chelyabinsk in southeastern Russia, shattering windows on thousands of buildings.

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Taurid fireball SWARM forecast ahead of full blood lunar eclipse

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Every seven years, the Taurid meteor showers produce an outburst of especially bright meteors in an event known as a “fireball swarm.” Such outbursts were reported in both 2015 and 2008, so chances are good for 2022, the American Meteor Society says.
Have you ever heard of the "Halloween Fireballs?" Astronomers call them Taurid meteors. They appear every year from late October through early November when Earth passes through a stream of debris associated with Comet 2P/Encke. Dan Bush photographed this Taurid exploding over Albany, Missouri:

"Fireball season has arrived," says Bush. "I have caught many with my meteor camera system including this Taurid fireball above the clouds on Oct. 27th and another good one on Oct. 28th"

We're about to see a lot more of these. Forecasters believe that a swarm of Taurid meteoroids is approaching Earth, and it could double the usual rate of fireballs--not only on Halloween, but also through the early weeks of November.

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Meteor fireball over Illinois and other states on October 29

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We received 73 reports about a fireball seen over IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH and WI on Saturday, October 29th 2022 around 00:52 UT.

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


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Meteor fireball over Germany and nearby countries on October 27

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We received 63 reports about a fireball seen over Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Friesland, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Grand Est, Groningen, Lombardia, Niederösterreich, Niedersachsen, Noord-Holland, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Overijssel, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Salzburg, Saxony and Steierma on Thursday, October 27th 2022 around 18:48 UT.

For this event, we received one video.


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Large, 'potentially hazardous' asteroid will zip through Earth's orbit on Halloween

The asteroid's upper size estimate is just short of the world's tallest building.
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© Science Photo Library - ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI via Getty Images
An artist's impression of a near-Earth asteroid.
A newly discovered, "potentially hazardous" asteroid almost the size of the world's tallest skyscraper is set to tumble past Earth just in time for Halloween, according to NASA.

The asteroid, called 2022 RM4, has an estimated diameter of between 1,083 and 2,428 feet (330 and 740 meters) — just under the height of Dubai's 2,716-foot-tall (828 m) Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It will zoom past our planet at around 52,500 mph (84,500 km/h), or roughly 68 times the speed of sound.

At its closest approach on Nov. 1, the asteroid will come within about 1.43 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) of Earth, around six times the average distance between Earth and the moon. By cosmic standards, this is a very slender margin.

NASA flags any space object that comes within 120 million miles (193 million km) of Earth as a "near-Earth object" and classifies any large body within 4.65 million miles (7.5 million km) of our planet as "potentially hazardous." Once flagged, these potential threats are closely watched by astronomers, who study them with radar for signs of any deviation from their predicted trajectories that could put them on a devastating collision course with Earth.