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Meteor fireball widely reported over northern Germany

Meteor fireball over Germany
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society has received 157 reports about a meteor fireball seen over northern and eastern Germany on Friday, September 27th 2019 around 17:32 UT.

A Twitter user from Ludwigsburg near Greifswald managed to photograph it over Greifswalder Bodden according to NDR.de. Some observers reported a greenish glowing ball of light with a tail that broke into three to four parts after three to five seconds.


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Pure hubris: NASA investing in 'planetary defense' to detect, deflect city-killing asteroids

NASA DART program
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NASA has doubled what it is spending to help detect and possibly deflect asteroids on a collision course with Earth.

Next year, the U.S. space agency plans to spend $150 million on its so-called "planetary defense" programs. Some of the money would be going to develop systems to detect asteroids and comets like the football-field-sized space rock that zipped past the Earth this summer at 55,000 mph. It was only spotted by astronomers 24-hours after it passed by.

This close, passing asteroid was characterized as a "city killer" by Swinburne University astronomy professor Alan Duffy. If it had been on a collision course, it would have crashed into the Earth with more than 30 times the energy of the atomic blast at Hiroshima, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine likened it to the meteor that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.

Even though NASA missed this relatively small asteroid, the agency is "really good at characterizing, cataloging and tracking objects that are one kilometer or larger, which is the type of object that could damage the Earth permanently, Bridenstine said. But NASA is investing in capabilities to discover these smaller objects.

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Meteor fireball caught on camera flying across southern Victoria, Australia

Fireball over NZ
© Catriona Ross
A meteor has been caught on camera flying across regional Victoria.

Catriona Ross was sitting with her family around a bonfire in Koroit, near Warrnambool, when her son Lachlan noticed the meteor.

"I already had my camera open on my phone because I was taking photos of the bonfire so I zoomed it around," Ross told 7NEWS.com.au.

Ross said the meteor was bright but wasn't travelling as fast as a regular meteor would.

"It was amazing... it was quite clear," Ross said. "The unusual thing was that it was right on sunset."


Comment: Just five days before this meteor sighting, another fireball lit up the skies over Tasmania and Victoria.


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NASA chief: Risk of asteroid impact not being taken seriously, international cooperation needed to meet cosmic threat

NASA chief warns of meteors
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Meteors that could destroy an entire U.S. state are a real threat to Earth, NASA's chief warned on Monday.

Speaking at the Planetary Defense Conference in Washington, D.C., NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine warned that the risk posed by meteor crashes was not being taken seriously.

"This is not about Hollywood, this is not about movies, this is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life," he said.

Bridenstine pointed to the meteorite that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, which had "30 times the energy of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima" and injured around 1,500 people. Just 16 hours after the crash, NASA detected an even larger object that approached the earth but did not land on it, he revealed.

Comment: It's so obvious, NASA is saying it outright. But instead trillion$ are wasted on geopolitical power games and social engineering...


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In two days, meteor fireballs were reported in the northeast US

On September 17, 2019, The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 19 reports of a meteor flying over New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

AMS member 'Ari K.' snapped a picture of the fireball as it soared over Maryland:

Fireball over NE US
© Ari K.
Another meteor was seen just two days later in New York and was captured on video by 'J. Taddeo':


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Meteor fireball brightens skies over southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© YouTube/lightvalve
On September 17, 2019, the American Meteor Society (AMS) received 63 reports of a fireball seen over southern California. AMS members Alexander O. and Lightvalve recorded footage of the event:


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Two sightings in two years suggest there could be lots more interstellar comets

Interstellar Comets
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It’s possible that other solar systems are flinging comets into interstellar space, and we might be able to see them in the next few years as technology improves.
For the second time in two years, astronomers have spotted an interstellar interloper heading into our Solar System.

The first, dubbed 'Oumuamua, was spotted on 19 October 2017.

This one, named 2I/Borisov, was discovered on 30 August 2019 by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov of Nauchnij, Crimea, using a home-built 65-centimeter telescope.

It was initially thought to be an ordinary comet, says Davide Farnocchia of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, Pasadena, California.

But a week of observations by amateur and professional astronomers revealed that it was on an orbit that must have originated outside the Solar System and is now in the process of slingshotting around the Sun before heading back into interstellar space. (The "2I" in its name means it is "interstellar object number 2.")

Already, it is proving to be quite different from its predecessor. To begin with, it's much larger. 'Oumuamua (now officially called 1I/'Oumuamua) was a cigar-shaped object, only 800 meters long. 2I/Borisov is probably several kilometers in diameter.

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Night sky illuminated by huge meteor fireball over London, England

Fireball over London
© YouTube/ UK Meteor Observation Network
It was previously reported that a large asteroid was approaching Earth. Its diameter is approximately 190 to 430 metres, making it twice as large as the famous Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

According to eyewitnesses, London has been illuminated by a meteor, with some of them managing to record the dramatic footage.


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'Fireball' meteor lights up skies over Tasmania and Victoria

Tasmania meteor fireball
© Brodie Morgan
The fireball is captured in mobile phone footage, taken in northern Tasmania.
A fireball meteor — possibly as small as a tennis ball — has burst into the Earth's atmosphere causing a flash of light and a sound "like thunder" over Tasmania and Victoria, causing some to fear the worst.

The object flew across the horizon just before 8:30pm (AEST), with videos being shared by excited eyewitnesses in both states.

Adrian from Mole Creek said he saw a vivid light and heard what "sounded like thunder".

"I was outside and it was all nice and dark and suddenly the backyard lit up, like a helicopter going over with a spotlight, quite low," he said.

Dominic McAlinden said he covered his ears, expecting an explosion.

"Night turned to day, and a blue-and-white streak turned red and orange as it burnt up," he said.

Victor was behind the wheel on the Bass Highway in northern Tasmania when "just out of the corner of my eye to the east I saw what appeared to be like a skyrocket shooting down to the ground".

Hazel, in Penguin on the northern Tasmania coast said "it lit the whole town up".


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Mysterious boom causes panic in Davidson, North Carolina

Mystery boom (stock)
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Families in a Davidson community are frightened after hearing a mysterious loud boom on Monday. The Davidson Police Department is investigating.

"So I was putting her down for a nap and I swear it like shook our entire house," Jacqueline Hawtin said. "I was scared."

This is normally a quiet neighborhood, but a loud mysterious boom sent people into a panic.

"I called my husband," Hawtin said. "I called my neighbor."

Hawtin hurried out the door with her young daughter, Harley.

"I looked over here to make sure no one hit the garage or anything," Hawtin said.