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New Comet C/2020 F5 (MASTER)

CBET 4746 & MPEC 2020-G73, issued on 2020, April 08, announce the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~15.8) in images taken with the "Mobile Astronomical System of the Telescope-Robots" (MASTER) auto-detection system (0.40-m f/2.5 reflector) near San Juan, Argentina. Additional pre-discovery observations from Mar. 17.0 UT (mag 15.8-15.9), Mar. 22.0 (mag 15.8), and Mar. 23.0 (mag 15.7-15.8) were found on images taken with the MASTER 0.40-m reflector at the South African Astronomical Observatory (Sutherland). The new comet has been designated C/2020 F5 (MASTER).

We performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage.

Stacking of 22 unfiltered exposures, 60 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2020, April 05.7 from Q62 (iTelescope network) through a 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a compact coma about 10" in diameter and a tail 30" long in PA 290.

Our confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version)
Comet C/2020 F5 MASTER
© Remnanzacco Blogspot

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Daytime meteor fireball blazes over Central Europe

Meteor fireball over Central Europe
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 350 reports (1591-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Central Europe (Ajdovščina, Škofja Loka, Šmarje pri Jelšah, Žalec, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Celje, Cerknica, Domžale, Dravograd, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Grosuplje, Idrija, Jesenice, Kamnik, Kärnten, Koper, Kranj, Lenart, Litija, Ljubljana, Ljutomer, Logatec, Mozirje and Nova Gor) on Monday, April 6th 2020 around 13:33 UT.

Only two days ago 449 people reported a bright meteor fireball blazing over the Netherlands.



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Hundreds report bright meteor fireball blazing over Netherlands

AMS observers map of event 1587-2020
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The Meteoren Working Group received more than a hundred reports from people in the Netherlands who had seen a bright meteor fireball on 4th April around 11:45 PM.

According to RTL Nieuws a number of people on Twitter saw the colour green. "It looked like a green rocket. Never seen such a bright fireball before," wrote someone.

Meteoren Working Group has made an initial analysis of the recordings and they suspect that the meteor fireball appeared in the area northeast of Groningen before probably extinguishing above the Wadden Sea.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 449 reports of the event (1587-2020). Videos were uploaded to their website.


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New Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

CBET 4740 & MPEC 2020-G05, issued on 2020, April 01, announce the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~17) in infrared images obtained with the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (or NEOWISE; formerly the WISE earth-orbitingsatellite; cf. CBET 4225). The new comet has been designated C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE).

We performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage.

Stacking of 14 unfiltered exposures, 60 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2020, March 31.5 from Q62 (iTelescope network) through a 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + focal reducer, shows that this object is a comet with a diffuse coma about 1 arcmin in diameter and a tail 20" long in PA 115.

Our confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version)
Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE
© Remanzacco Blogspot

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New Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)

CBET 4739 & MPEC 2020-G04, issued on 2020, April 01, announce the discovery of a comet by R. Wainscoat on CCD images obtained on Mar. 22.6 UT with the Pan-STARRS1 1.8-m Ritchey-Chretien reflector at Haleakala, which he then noticed (via posting at the Minor Planet Center's NEOCP webpage) was apparently identical with an apparently asteroidal object (magnitude ~19) discovered on CCD images taken the previous night with a 0.5-m f/2 Schmidt reflector at Haleakala, Hawaii, in the course of the "Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System" (ATLAS) search program. The new comet has been designated C/2020 F2 (ATLAS).

I performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage. Stacking of 15 unfiltered exposures, 120-sec each, obtained remotely, from Telescope Live (El Sauce, Chile) on 2020, March 25.3, through 0.6-m f/6.5 astrograph + CCD, shows that this object appears slightly diffuse compared to the nearby field stars of similar brightness.

My confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version)

Comet C/2020 F2 ATLAS
© Remanzacco Blogspot

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Another large green meteor fireball lights up Florida night sky

Meteor fireball over Florida
© YouTube/AMS American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 16 reports (1532-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Florida on Wednesday 1st April. A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit:Joseph G.


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Scientist claims massive crater in Akure, Nigeria caused by METEOR IMPACT

The crater left by the blast in Akure believed to be a meteorite

The crater left by the blast in Akure believed to be a meteorite
A Professor of Geophysics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has debunked the explanation given by Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the police for the deafening blast experienced early on Saturday near Akure.

Professor Adekunle Abraham Adepelumi, after leading a research team to the site said emphatically it was caused by a meteorite.

The P.M.News first reported that the blast, which left a crater on its trail, and destroyed several buildings, was caused by a meteorite.

However, Governor Akeredolu and the Police Commissioner Undie Adie attributed the blast to an exploded truck carrying dynamites for a quarry based in Edo state.

Akeredolu even said the truck sank with the impact of the blast.


Professor Adepelumi's team has given a scientific explanation about what really happened.

The research group did a detailed analysis of the explosion site.


Comment: Earlier this month three fiery meteorites reportedly hit the ground in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.


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Meteor fireball lit up the night skies over several US states

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On March 25, around 10:40 p.m. EDT, a smoke tow could have been seen on the night sky of several US states. Residents from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York reported that they witnessed a color-changing fireball crossing the sky.

The American Meteor Society receives seven different reports on the event. The common belief: it must have been a meteorite entering the atmosphere.

The interference with the atmosphere causes the object to burst into a meteor. Friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases are the ones lightening the piece of debris and making it look like a shooting star or falling star.

The visibility in some of the states, such as Pennsylvania, was impaired due to the clouds in the sky. Dan D., a Pennsylvania resident, stated: "I've seen shooting stars and this was definitely not the same," he noted in his report.

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Scientists agree: Younger Dryas impact event wiped out ancient civilization

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The Earth was hit by a fragmented comet around 13,000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene Era and scientists are now starting to agree.

A new research paper has been published in Scientific Reports regarding an ancient civilisation in what is modern-day Syria that was wiped out by the cataclysm, as academics finally come round to the idea that yes this event did happen.

Even the sceptic Michael Shermer, who famously debated Graham Hancock on the Joe Rogan podcast has tweeted Graham saying:

"Ok Graham, I shall adjust my priors in light of more research like this, and modify my credence about your theory."


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New Jersey official believes loud noise, shaking was sonic boom

Mystery boom (stock)
© KY3
Favorable wind directions, temperatures and atmospheric conditions could have contributed to a possible sonic boom occurring on Thursday morning, officials said.

Between 9:25 and 9:30 a.m. Thursday, people as far north as Forked River, as west as Hammonton and south as Sea Isle City reported a loud boom and shake. The noise was described as a noisy truck going by, with something falling out of it.
My house was shaking in Hammonton, about 3 shakes over 5-7 seconds — Frank Intessimoni (@SJmedic911) February 27, 2020
Winds were very strong, getting up into the 50s in spots. However, winds would only caused localized reports.