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Bright, slow meteor flies over Central Texas

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© amsmeteors.org
Over two dozen witnesses reported a bright, slow moving fireball over central Texas last night slightly after 9:00 PM local time. Most reports were clustered around Austin and San Antonio. An analysis of the witness reports estimates that the fireball was traveling from the south to the north just west of San Antonio.


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Meteor captured shooting across the sky in Stoke-on-Trent, England

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© Martin Kessel
Martin Kessel captured the object as it flew over Weston Coyney in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A Potteries star-gazer captured the moment a meteor lit up the skies across North Staffordshire.

Martin Kessel captured the object as it flew over Weston Coyney in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The former Newcastle-under-Lyme High School pupil has a camera set up to monitor the skies over Stoke-on-Trent - in the hope of capturing activity in the atmosphere and beyond.

And Martin was in luck, posting the video on his Youtube channel, where he described it as 'large, very bright meteor or fireball' which passed over at 2.02am.

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Vietnam, Laos investigating mysterious light followed by explosion

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© Thanh Nien News
A strange streak of light flashes in the sky near the border between Vietnam and Laos on July 8, 2015.
Vietnamese officials are cooperating with colleagues in Laos to identify what created a streak of light in the sky and a big explosion sound after that around the border area on Wednesday night.

As of Thursday afternoon, border guard forces still have not identified the cause of the phenomenon. An army representative has ruled out the possibility of an air crash. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief commander of Vietnam's army, said there has been no report of any issue with a civil or military flight in the area at the time.

Tuan said a piece of space debris could have burned up, causing the light and the explosion. Locals spotted the strange light flashing at around 9 p.m., then something fell and exploded. Curiosity caused heavy traffic jams stretching two kilometers along a national highway in Ha Tinh Province. Dang Vu Tuan Son, head of the Vietnam Astronomy and Cosmology Association, told Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper that the item was more likely a meteor than space junk. Son said space junk is usually small and would not cause such a big explosion.

"But we have to find the debris to know exactly what it was."

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Meteor streaks across the Georgia and South Carolina sky

Residents of the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) were treated to a celestial treat early Monday morning.
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© Jennifer Ccrouch
Photo of meteor by Jennifer Crouch.
News channel 6 viewers submitted numerous videos depicting a bright object streaking across the sky. Reports of the object started coming into local law enforcement agencies around 1:30 AM. Videos started coming into our Facebook Page.

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Meteor to mark your birthday? Japanese start-up hopes to launch its own shooting stars

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© South China Morning Post
Lena Okajima, chief executive of space technology venture ALE.
Fancy a meteor shower racing across the night sky to mark your birthday? One Japanese start-up is hoping to deliver shooting stars on demand and choreograph the cosmos.

And, say scientists, it's not just about painting huge pictures on the night-sky that would be visible to millions of people; artificial meteors could help us to understand a lot more about Earth's atmosphere.

Lena Okajima, who holds a doctorate in astronomy, says her company, ALE, is intending to launch a micro satellite that can eject shooting stars at exactly the right time and place to put on a celestial show. "I'm thinking of streams of meteors that are rare in nature," Okajima said in an interview. "It is artificial but I want to make really beautiful ones that can impress viewers."

In collaboration with scientists and engineers at Japanese universities, the ALE team is developing a satellite that will orbit the Earth and eject dozens of balls, a few centimetres in diameter, at a time.

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Asteroid Icarus to make closest approach to Earth on Tuesday

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© NASA JPL Small-Body Database Browser/Osamu Ajiki/Ron Baalke/Ade Ashford
Earth-crossing asteroid 1566 Icarus (1949 MA) will miss our planet by a safe five million miles, or 21 lunar distances, at 4:39 pm BST on 16th June 2015 — the closest it will approach Earth until 2090.
Asteroid Icarus, which stretches more than half a mile long, will pass within "close-range" to the earth on Tuesday.

The asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth on Tuesday, passing within five million miles.

Though the asteroid will be in close proximity, it will be too dim to be seen through everyday backyard telescopes.

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the space rock, Slooh will run a live broadcast from the Canary Islands starting at 5 p.m. EDT.

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Meteor fireball or jet contrail? Bright object blazes over Wellington, New Zealand

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© NZ Herald
Fireball over Wellington
MetService says a ball of fire seen in the sky over Wellington this evening shouldn't be a cause for concern.

Witnesses in Hataitai say the streak of light looked like a meteor or asteroid.

But MetService duty forecaster Leigh Matheson believes it was the contrail of a long-haul aircraft which was due to fly over the city at around that time.

"The lights that were seen over Wellington, we believe, was the contrail of a long-haul aircraft that was flying across the country," Matheson reports. "Around 5.30 in the evening the setting sun lit the contrail up quite brightly."

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Meteor soars through the sky over Santa Fe, New Mexico

Taken by Jan Curtis on June 7, 2015 @ 11 miles S of Santa Fe, NM
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© Jan Curtis
Took while sleeping. Occurred at 1:23:36 AM MDT, looking east from just south of Santa Fe in the direction of the moon. Used Nikon d7000, iso 1000, 35mm Nikkor lens @ f/2.0 for 8sec. Note a few explosive bursts before terminating. Used PS 6.0 to increase contrast due to strong moonlight from RAW image. Estimate magnitude -5.

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Fireball captured by three separate cameras in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo, Brazil

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© Screen grab via YouTube
A fireball has been captured by 3 cameras exploding in the sky over Brazil on June 7, 2015.

The cameras were situated in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo! Amazing!

The space rock was filmed by EXOSS cameras flying over three states at 05:20 am.

Such a triangulation is very rare and permitted to calculate precisely the route of the bright meteor:

The meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at an angle of 25.5 degrees and at an altitude of 116.7 km. It disintegrated at an altitude of 79 km at a speed of 57 km/s after a flight of about 88 km in 1.5 seconds.

No reports of booms yet!


Comment: From January 5th of this year:

SOTT Exclusive: Huge asteroid filmed breaking up into hundreds of meteor fireballs over Southern Brazil


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Why has NASA announced that a meteor is NOT going to hit the Earth in September?

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© endoftheamericandream.com
Internet buzz about a giant meteor that is going to strike our planet in September has become so intense that NASA has been forced to issue a statement publicly denying that it is going to happen. NASA insists that the agency knows of "no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth", and that "no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years". To be honest, NASA should perhaps hold off on making such bold statements concerning what will happen in the future considering the fact that the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia in 2013 took them totally by surprise. In any event, what we do know is that our region of space is absolutely packed with meteors and asteroids. At this point, approximately 10,000 major near earth objects have been discovered by scientists, and about 10 percent of them are one kilometer or larger in size. If any of those big ones were to hit us, we would be looking at another Tunguska event or worse. Very large meteors have struck our planet before, and they will hit us again. It is only a matter of time.

But of most immediate concern to lots of people out there are the various theories that are floating around about September. The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in a British news source just this week...
Internet bloggers and Armageddon conspiracists are predicting the "end of days" event to happen between September 22 to 28.

One blogger has worryingly suggested US residents retain their firearms after suggesting that the controversial military operation Jade Helm taking place between July and September in several southern states is in preparation for predicted anarchy that could ensue as the asteroid nears the planet.

Meanwhile, many fringe religious groups and Biblical theorists are claiming the predicted impact will herald the beginning of the Rapture - a seven-year tribulation period.
These theories have become so popular that NASA decided to come out and publicly address them...
A NASA spokesman said: "NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small.

"In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."
So NASA has spoken.