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Meteor fireball spotted over Maryland Tuesday May 25

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Shortly before 10 PM on Tuesday May 25 2021, a large fireball streaked across the sky of the Mid Atlantic US. This was centered over Maryland and captured by various cameras. Thanks to Mike Hankey, his All Sky Cam network, and the American Meteor Society for enhancing the documentation of the event.


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Meteor fireball streaks over northeast Brazil

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© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)
A beautiful meteor was seen on the night of Saturday, May 22, in four states in the Northeast. The phenomenon occurred at 18:59 (Brasília time) on the coast of Rio Grande do Norte and was recorded by the cameras of BRAMON and Clima ao Vivo in Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco and Ceará.

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Comets cause meteor showers on Earth

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© P. Jenniskens / SETI Institute
The meteoroid stream of long-period comet Thatcher from CAMS data. Outer blue ellipse is the orbit of Neptune.
Comets that circle the Sun in very elongated orbits spread their debris so thin along their orbit or eject it out of the solar system altogether that their meteor showers are hard to detect. From a new meteor shower survey published in the journal Icarus, researchers now report that they can detect showers from the debris in the path of comets that pass close to Earth orbit and are known to return as infrequent as once every 4,000 years.

"This creates a situational awareness for potentially hazardous comets that were last near-Earth orbit as far back as 2,000 BC," said meteor astronomer and lead author Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute.

Jenniskens is the lead of the Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance (CAMS) project, which observes and triangulates the visible meteors in the night sky using low- light video security cameras to measure their trajectory and orbit. There are CAMS networks now in nine countries, led by co-authors on the paper.

In recent years, new networks in Australia, Chile and Namibia significantly increased the number of triangulated meteors. The addition of these networks resulted in a better and more complete picture of the meteor showers in the night sky.

"Until recently, we only knew five long-period comets to be parent bodies to one of our meteor showers," said Jenniskens, "but now we identified nine more, and perhaps as many as 15."

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Green meteor fireball recorded over Morocco

Meteor fireball over Morocco
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 5 reports (event 2847-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Casablanca-Settat, Drâa-Tafilalet, Marrakesh-Safi and Souss Massa on Monday, May 17th 2021 around 20:31 UT.

For this event, the AMS received 2 videos.


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New meteor impact crater discovered on Mars

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Meteors hit much harder on Mars than they do on the Earth. Lack of atmosphere obviously contributes to that, but its proximity to the asteroid belt also makes the red planet a more likely target for some gravitationally disturbed rock to run into. Now that we have a satellite infrastructure consistently monitoring Mars, we are able to capture the aftermath of what happens when it is pummeled by space debris, and the results can be dramatic.


One powerful tool in that impact hunting toolkit is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It has a variety of instruments on it that make it possible to both track down areas of interest and then follow up with high resolution imagery, incluidng HiRISE, the camera that took the picture above. That is exactly what happened with a new crater that the satellite noticed on one of its flybys.

Comment: Considering the above, it's notable that there's been a significant uptick of fireballs and NEOs recorded on Earth in recent years: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Daytime meteor fireball recorded by cameras in Bahia, Brazil

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Day Meteor

Live Weather Cameras recorded a meteor during the morning of this Monday (17th) in Bahia. Check the locations below:

- Andaraí / BA - Ibsol Telecom
- Ibiquera / BA - Ibsol Telecom
- Ibitiara / BA - Ibsol Telecom
- Miguel Calmon / BA - Heptanet


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Meteor fireball seen over Shanxi, China

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We received one report about a fireball seen over Shanxi on Friday, May 7th 2021 around 16:42 UT.

For this event, we received one video.


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Slow-moving meteor fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

Meteor fireball over Med
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This slow bolide was recorded form Spain on 2021 May 14 at 4:25 local time (equivalent to 2:25 universal time). It overflew the Mediterranean Sea between the coasts of Spain and Morocco. The fireball was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 68,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 89 km over the Mediterranean Sea over a point located at about 13 km from the coast of Spain, and ended at a height of around 29 km over a point located at about 34 km from the coast of Morocco.

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


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Meteor fireball spotted in evening skies over Cork, Ireland

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The fireball was seen from many different areas of Cork last night

An unusual sight was spotted in Cork skies last night when a meteorite was filmed blazing through the sky before it had even gone dark.

Footage shared on Twitter last night shows the fireball blasting across the Cork skyline while it was still bright.

The video was taken in Ballinhassig at around 9:26pm with experts saying it would be unusual for it to be a meteorite so early in the night.

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Daylight meteor fireball filmed over San Francisco, California

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A METEOR which flew through the Californian skies in broad daylight left some locals wondering if the incoming space rock hit the Santa Cruz mountains.

Earlier today, a meteor flew through the skies of California. Tens of people in California saw the meteor, most of those around the San Francisco area. Witnesses flocked to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

Some were concerned that it was going to make land surface - which it did not.

A person named Cole told the IMO: "It was extremely close looking compared to any other meteor-like object I've observed and was headed towards the direction of Briones Reservoir.

"Could've touched down not too far from my location but am unsure. Very visible fragmentation."