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Meteor fireball streaks over Alabama

Alabama meteor
A picture from a NASA monitoring camera of the meteor, lower right, seen in five Southern states Saturday night, Sept. 22, 2018.
The fireball seen in five Southern states Saturday night was only about 5 inches wide and weighed 4 pounds, NASA says. The meteor's speed through the atmosphere of 56,000 miles per hour didn't leave enough left to create any meteorites.

NASA cameras in northeast Georgia and North Carolina caught the meteor at 10:11 p.m. CDT, but their distance and positions made it impossible to compute its path. However, NASA meteoroid expert Dr. Bill Cooke said an analysis of eyewitness accounts puts the meteor's origin about 56 miles above Oak Bowery, Ala., just north of Auburn. It traveled 38 miles through the atmosphere before burning up 26 miles above the town of Cragford.

Eyewitnesses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee reported seeing the fireball.

Comment: Last month a very bright meteor fireball with sonic boom lit up the Alabama sky.

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'The Russians are coming': Meteor fireball filmed flying through the skies of Durham, England

Fireball over Durham, England
© Steven Woolcock
His son thought the "Russians were coming".

And dad Steven Woolcock admits he's puzzled by a 'fireball' which flew over Stanley on Sunday evening.

His footage shows a bright object flying high above the County Durham sky.

"I thought it may have been a plane at first, but you couldn't see any sort of shape - just a streak," said the 35-year-old.

"I checked Flight Radar and there was a plane going over at 45,000ft at that time, but not where we were."

Comment: Unfortunately, the anti-Russian propaganda is working.


Military jets blamed for loud boom heard in eastern Ohio

Mystery boom (stock)
A loud boom heard across parts of Tuscarawas County apparently was caused by military jets, according to officials.

The first of several calls to the county 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center in New Philadelphia came in at 5:04 p.m. and reported a loud boom in the Tall Timber Road, New Philadelphia, area.

A second caller soon afterward reported hearing the boom near Buehler's on the north end of Dover. A Dover police officer was sent to check the area, but found nothing.

Dispatchers logged a total of six calls from various locations, all believed to be reporting the same boom.

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Fireball spotted over Nova Scotia

fireball nova scotia
© Benda Levy Tate
This one in a million photo was taken by Benda Levy Tate near Shelburne, N.S., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at 10:07 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time.
Anyone in Nova Scotia who happened to be looking at the night sky at the right time on Thursday evening would have gotten quite a show.

Dozens of skygazers took to social media after a large, glowing ball was spotted above most of the Maritimes, and as far south as Maine to ask a similar question - what the heck was that?

According to David Lane, director of the Burke-Gaffney Observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, the glowing ball was a particularly bright meteor known as a fireball.

"(It) results from a chunk of rock that once orbited around the sun called a meteoroid," Lane told The Chronicle Herald. "The Earth got in its way and it and it burns up in the atmosphere," Lane told The Chronicle Herald.

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Two meteor fireballs spotted over downtown Madison, Wisconsin

Fireball over Madison, WI
Check out these meteors caught on camera streaking across the sky over the Wisconsin state capitol.

2nd fireball over Madison, WI
This was the view looking east from atop the UW-Madison's Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department building.

The first happened just after 9 pm Sunday evening, the other was spotted around 9:45 pm.

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Bright green comet will grace the skies in September

Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner
© Rolando Ligustri
Astrophotographer Rolando Ligustri captured this view of Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner on Aug. 14, 2018.
September brings a chance to see a comet. It will be bright enough that you can readily glimpse it using binoculars, though it will be much easier to see using just a small telescope.

Comet Giacobini-Zinner was discovered in December 1900 by the French astronomer Michel Giacobini at the Nice Observatory in France. Initially, Giacobini calculated that this newfound comet had a relatively short orbital period of just under 7 years, but no one saw the object during its anticipated 1907 return.

Then in 1913, about six months before the comet was expected to return to perihelion, the German astronomer Ernst Zinner at the Dr. Karl Remeis-Observatory in Bamberg, Germany, discovered a comet. It carried his name for a week (going by "Comet Zinner") before astronomers figured out that it was, in reality, the lost Comet Giacobini, which had a slightly shorter orbital period than astronomers originally calculated. [Bright Comets of 2018: When, Where and How to See Them]


Mystery boom creates scare in Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
© Wikimedia Commons
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
On Thursday afternoon at around 3.30pm, residents around the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) on Bannerghatta road, at Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Uttarahalli and other parts in South Bengaluru heard a loud noise which created panic. Residents said their window panes shook and they heard a 'blast'. The State disaster management officials have announced that the residents should not panic as there was no earthquake.

"We heard a loud noise that lasted for a few seconds. We could see the window pane shaking. We were afraid that it was a tremor," said Kiran K, a resident of JP Nagar. "The loud noise was heard till HSR and Bellandur and this seems like a mystery," said a Bellandur resident.

However, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Center (KSNMDC) confirmed to BM that there have been no records of tremors. Dr C N Prabhu, a KSNMDC official said, "It was reported that people in and around RR Nagar heard a loud noise, possibly due to an earthquake, on Thursday. But the EQ observatory in Tippagondanahalli did not record any tremor."

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Reports of a huge meteor fireball spotted over Deeside, Wales

Fireball over Wales
© Mark McIntyre
Fireball recorded over Tackley, Oxfordshire

Several people have reported seeing of a very large and bright meteor over Deeside, Wrexham and the Wider North Wales region just before 9pm on Tuesday night.

Ryan got in touch with Deeside.com to say: "I have just seen a huge comet hurtling towards earth!! I live in Shotton but it really scared me. Must have broken up but i have never seen anything like it."

Nicola who lives Hawarden said: "Just seen(about 9pm-ish) a kind of large white fireball with a tail behind it shoot down the sky!! I thought it was Armageddon!!!"

Wrexham Lager Club (@lagerwxm) Tweeted: "It was big over north Wales and shot across the sky."

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Colorful 'fireball' in night sky seen by people in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, elsewhere on East Coast

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
People across the East Coast reported seeing a "fireball" in the night sky just about midnight, according to the American Meteor Society.

The society has not confirmed if a fireball did fly overhead, but 88 reports were logged, 16 of which came from people in Massachusetts. Reports came from as far south as Florida and as far north as New Hampshire, with reported sightings in nine additional states in between, the society said.

A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, according to the society. Several thousand fireballs occur in the planet's atmosphere every day, but most are over oceans or uninhabited regions, or are masked by daylight, experts say.

"Additionally, the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event," the society website reads.


Loud boom heard, felt across Twin Lakes Area of Arkansas

Meteor exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia,
© Yekaterina Pustynnikova/AP
This famous image of a meteor exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, was taken in 2013. Did a smaller one just explode high over the Ozarks?
A loud explosion was heard shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Residents across the Twin Lakes Area reported hearing the noise.

Local law enforcement officials have reported receiving numerous calls about the noise. One local law enforcement official said people in Fulton County reported hearing the noise as well.

Social media sites had people reporting they heard the noise in places such as Melbourne, Calico Rock, Norfork, Mountain Home, Marion County and rural Baxter County.