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Captured on film: Huge meteor fireball's spectacular explosion off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia

An enormous, spectacular fireball blazing a trail across the sky off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia, has been captured on film.

A livestream camera fitted to the research vessel Investigator, operated by Australia's national science agency CSIRO, spotted the fireball at 9:21 p.m. local time on Nov. 18. The vessel is designed to "look" down, performing mapping of the seafloor and conducting oceanographic studies about 60 miles south of Australia, but it was the meteor that flew by overhead that excited the crew on Wednesday.

"What we saw on reviewing the livestream footage astounded us, the size and brightness of the meteor was incredible," John Hooper, voyage manager onboard the vessel, said in a press release.

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Meteor fireball captured over Illinois and neighbouring states

AMS observers map (event 6742-2020)
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
AMS observers map (event 6742-2020)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 54 reports (event 6742-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, OH, TN and WI on Wednesday, November 18th 2020 around 11:24 UT.

For this event, they received 2 videos.


Follow-up on recent NEO objects

Below you can find a selection of some objects for which we recently made follow-up observations at the "Osservatorio Salvatore di Giacomo, Agerola, ITALY" (MPC code L07; Observers E. Guido, A. Catapano, F. Coccia) while they still were on the NEOCP list. More details about the telescope, the magnitude, number of images & exposition, asteroid speed & PA etc. are on the images. Click on each image for a bigger version. All the processing has been made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott.

2020 VX5 (neocp designation C3WZUQ2) is an Apollo-type asteroid discovered by G96 Mt. Lemmon Survey on November 15, 2020. This asteroid has an estimated size of 55 m - 120 m (H=23.4) and it had a close approach with Earth at about 29 LD (Lunar Distances = ~384,000 kilometers) or 0.074 AU (1 AU = ~150 million kilometers) at 1950 UT on 11 Nov. 2020.
2020 VX5
© Remanzacco Blogspot

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Bolide captured over southern Spain

Bolide over southern Spain
© YouTube/meteors (screen capture)
On 16 November 2020, at about 3:49 local time, a beautiful and very bright fireball was spotted over the south of Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 227,000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 132 km over Andalusia (south of Spain), and ended at a height of around 61 km over the south of Portugal.

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 Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo) and Calar Alto (Almería). 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).


'Loud bang' heard across Dorking and Westcott, UK

Mystery boom (stock)
© myjournalcourier.com
Reports are emerging of a large presence of emergency services in the Dorking area after a "loud bang" was heard by residents.

Witnesses in the area have said that paramedics and police officers are in attendance at an incident in the Westcott area of the town as of around 4pm on Monday (November 2).

However, it is not believed that this is in connection with the noise heard by a number of residents. People have taken to social media to question the source of the noise, with some speculating it may have been a "sonic boom".

Surrey Police has been contacted for more information. We will be providing all the latest updates and information as we receive it in our live blog below.

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Meteor fireball lights up Alabama sky

Fireball over Alabama
There were many reports of a mysterious bright greenish-blue object streaking across the Alabama sky just before 6 p.m. on Sunday. Turns out it was a very bright meteor -- often referred to simply as a fireball.

The fireball wasn't just spotted in Central Alabama; it was seen at multiple locations across Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee.

It was even seen a time or two as far away as Kentucky, Virginia and Florida!

According to reports submitted to the American Meteor Society, it was seen burning up in Earth's atmosphere near Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Auburn, and Troy just to name a few Alabama cities.

The most concentrated area of reports came in from around Atlanta, Georgia. That's likely due to the amount of people there that could have witnessed it.


Huge meteor fireball seen over US - 'Almost thought it was a plane crashing'

A huge fireball over the US stunned hundreds of residents across mid-northeast US, with some claiming they "almost thought it was a plane crashing".

A large fireball dazzled onlookers across the US when it entered the atmosphere on November 14. The fireball was so bright some people claimed to be "frightened".

Tens of people swarmed to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

Eric wrote on the IMO: "I've seen shooting stars in the past, but this one was much larger than anything I've seen before.

"It honestly frightened me and my girlfriend."

The meteor can be seen bright in the top right of the image
© Westsidesaint
The meteor can be seen bright in the top right of the image

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Meteor fireball blazes over Albany, Missouri

Meteor fireball over Albany, MO
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 16 reports (event 6561-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over IA, KS, MN, MO, NE and OK on Thursday, November 12th 2020 around 01:05 UT.

A video from Daniel B, a resident in Albany, Missouri was uploaded to their website.

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Bright meteor fireball lights up night sky over Puerto Rico

Taurid meteor fireball
© YouTube/Frankie Lucena (screen capture)
This Taurid meteor was captured facing southwest in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico on Nov. 13, 2020 at 1:23am local time (5:23 UTC). It was taken the day after the peak of the Taurid meteor shower which was on the 11th and the 12th of November.


Meteor fireballs reported over Quebec and Japan

The American Meteor Society received a total of 9 observer reports from Quebec and New Hampshire of a meteor fireball on November 9th at around 06:27 UT.

A single video of the event is available: