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Meteorite hits earth in Iran

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© Trend News Agency
Iran has confirmed that a meteor has hit somewhere in the northern part of the country.

The meteor landed in Avaj in the province of Qazvin, Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of Qazvin Crisis Management Staff said, Mehr news agency reported July 31.

Also, there have been reports that some pieces of rock have hit areas in Eshtehard, Alborz Province, Arsalan Qasemi, governor of Boeen Zahra, county in Qazvin Province, said.

Another local governor of Takestan County, Qazvin Province, said that the area witnessed the passing of the meteor, but nowhere in the district under his supervision had been hit.

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Fireball turns sky green over Argentina

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© AristeguiOnline DeCNN/YouTube
A massive fireball soared through the sky over Argentina, triggering a wave of social media posts. The mesmerizing show, which lasted just a few seconds, colored the sky green.

The bright object could be clearly seen from Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires. Other reports of the dazzling display came in from Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, as well as neighboring Uruguay.


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Four fireballs blaze through Spanish and Portugese skies in the same night

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© NASA
Cometary fragment crossing the atmosphere (archive).
A comet has exploded over the province of Cuenca and fragments of it have been seen from one of Spain's largest observatories in Toledo.

Scientists at the La Hita complex say comet number 169P/NEAT, which flew over the central region of Castilla-La Mancha on Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday morning burnt out in the sky 79 kilometres above ground over the town of Cañamares.

Shards of rock plummeted downwards at a speed of 80,000 kilometres per hour and broke up when they hit the earth's atmosphere in a violent impact that turned them into bright balls of fire.

This was first seen at 23.50hrs mainland Spain time above Portugal and, at 00.07hrs, the largest and fastest fragment impacted with the atmosphere above the province of Málaga on the south coast, creating a fireball as bright as the moon.

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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."