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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)
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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:

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Bright meteor fireball captured over Mediterranean Sea

Med sea meteor fireball
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
This beautiful meteor spotted from Spain overflew the Mediterranean Sea on 2020 November 8 at about 4:13 local time (equivalent to 3:13 universal time). It was generated by a rock from Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at about 101,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 97 km over the sea, and ended at a height of around 46 km after traveling about 79 km in the Earth's atmosphere.

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 Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), and Sevilla.

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Giant green meteor fireball lights up Norway night sky

A meteor camera captured a giant green fireball shooting across the night sky of Larvik, Norway, on November 7.

Sveinung Vegum's camera captured the moment the fireball approached from afar before falling on the horizon.

Local media in Norway reported the fireball had fallen over Sweden. Norwegian Meteor Network said it received close to 100 reports of a powerful fireball seen in Norway on Saturday.

Credit: Sveinung Vegum via Storyful


Meteor fireball in the sky of Rome

In the afternoon today, around 5:45 pm, a huge meteorite was spotted on the sky of Rome and the inland areas of Lazio, in particular from Guidonia, Tivoli and Rieti: spectacular images of the videos arriving from the territory of Italy central, especially between Lazio and Abruzzo. " A unique and wonderful show ", some witnesses said.

A fireball is commonly understood as a body coming from space and which, falling into the atmosphere, looks like a fireball followed by a luminous trail. Normally the bolide is a meteorite, that is a fragment of rock generally originating from a comet or an asteroid which, finding itself passing near the Earth, is attracted by the gravitational field of our planet, thus falling towards the ground.