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Meteor fireball over Sevilla and Cádiz, Spain (4 April)

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This bolide was spotted over Spain on 4 Abril 2021, at about 23:42 local time (equivalent to 21:42 universal time). The event was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 57,000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 81 km over the south of the province of Sevilla, and ended at a height of around 30 km over the north of the province of Cádiz.

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), La Sagra (Granada), and Madrid (Universidad Complutense). 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).


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Meteor fireball over Toledo, Spain (April 1)

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On 1 April 2021, at about 23:05 h local time, a very bright fireball was spotted over Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 72,000 km/h. The fireball, that could be seen over the whole Iberian Peninsula because of its high brighness, overflew the province of Toledo. It began over that province at an altitude of about 92 km, and ended at a height of around 43 km.

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), La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería), and Madrid (Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid). 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).


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Fireball spotted over Oshkosh, Wisconsin

A fireball is seen on our Oshkosh Skycam. March 29, 2021
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A fireball is seen on our Oshkosh Skycam. March 29, 2021
Action 2 News This Morning viewers spotted a possible meteor live on air Monday.

The fireball shot across the sky as we put up our Oshkosh Skycam.

The fireball comes from the right of the screen. It's faint, so you'll have to watch closely. The video is located above.

The American Meteorological Society meteor website shows multiple fireball reports in the United States Monday morning. Someone spotted it in North Fond du Lac. Did you see one? Click here to enter the report.

(View video here)

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Bright meteor fireball blazes over Denmark

Event 1950-2021 observers map
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Event 1950-2021 observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 100 reports (event 1950-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Brandenburg, Drenthe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Schleswig-Holstein, Västra Götalands län and Zuid-Holland on Saturday, March 27th 2021 around 19:54 UT.


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Stunning meteor fireball over Spain on March 28

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On 28 March 2021, at about 6:21 local time ( 4:21universal time), a very bright fireball was spotted over Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 96,000 km / h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 82 km over the province of Jaén (Andalusia), and ended at a height of around 29km over the province of Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha).

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), La Sagra (Granada), Sierra Nevada (Granada) , Calar Alto (Almería), and Madrid (Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid).

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).6:21h (local peninsular time) of the dawn of March 28, from all the central and southern areas of the country it has been possible to see how a bright ball of fire crossed the night sky.


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New Comet C/2020 F7 (Lemmon)

CBET 4949 & MPEC 2021-F110, issued on 2021, March 25, announce that an apparently asteroidal object (magnitude ~21.0) discovered on CCD images obtained with the Mt. Lemmon Survey's 1.5-m reflector on 2020 Mar. 22 and designated A/2020 F7 (cf. MPEC 2020-G78) has been found to show cometary appearance by numerous other CCD observers over the past half year. The new comet has been designated C/2020 F7 (Lemmon).

Stacking of 19 unfiltered exposures, 120 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2021, March 23.9 from Z08 (Telescope Live, Oria) through a 0.7 m f/8 Ritchey Chretien + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a compact coma about 15" in diameter elongated toward PA 50. (Observers E. Guido, M. Rocchetto, E. Bryssinck, M. Fulle, G. Milani, C. Nassef, G. Savini).

Our confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version; made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott)
C/2020 F7
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New Comet C/2021 D2 (ZTF)

CBET 4948 & MPEC 2021-F67, issued on 2021, March 22, announce the discovery of an apparently asteroidal object (magnitude ~19.5) on CCD images taken on Feb. 19.5 UT & Mar. 09-5 with the 1.2-m Schmidt telescope at Palomar in the course of the "Zwicky Transient Facility" (ZTF) search program (the object was reported twice by the ZTF survey team as two different objects) . This object has been found to show cometary appearance by CCD astrometrists elsewhere. The new comet has been designated C/2021 D2 (ZTF).

Stacking of 20 unfiltered exposures, 60 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2021, March 15.2 from I89 (iTelescope, Nerpio, Spain) through a 0.32-m f/8.0 reflector + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a diffuse coma about 8" arcsec in diameter (Observers A. Valvasori, E. Guido).

Stacking of 12 unfiltered exposures, 90 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2021, March 18.2 from Z08 (Telescope Live, Oria) through a 0.7 m f/8 Ritchey Chretien + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a diffuse coma about 10" in diameter (possibly elongated toward PA 140). (Observers E. Guido, M. Rocchetto, E. Bryssinck, M. Fulle, G. Milani, C. Nassef, G. Savini).

Our confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version; made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott)

Comet C/2021 D2 ZTF
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Comet C/2021 D2
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Bright meteor fireball lights up sky from New Hampshire to North Carolina

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Did you see it? NASA Meteor Watch says a very bright fireball was spotted across the East Coast around 12:26 a.m. Sunday morning.

The meteor was also detected by three meteor cameras belonging to the NASA Fireball Network and two cameras of the Southern Ontario Meteor Network, NASA said.

"A quick analysis of the best set of video data from these systems shows that the object first became visible 55 miles (88 kilometers) above the town of Greenstone, near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border," NASA noted. "Moving northwest at 51,000 miles per hour (23 kilometers per second), the fireball traversed 38 miles (61 kilometers) through the atmosphere before fragmenting 28 miles (45 kilometers) above the Pennsylvania town of Newburg."

The American Meteor Society recorded more than 75 sightings of the meteor early Sunday. Observers described the fireball as white or light blue with a bright tail.


Comment: For another video of this event, see: Bright meteor fireball captured over Pittsburgh


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Daytime meteor streaks over Jersey, Channel Islands - Update: Sonic boom reported

Event 1767-2021 observers map
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Event 1767-2021 observers map
A meteor has been spotted over Jersey.

At around 3pm, a report was made from the island's north coast of a streak of white light moving downward through the skies above the island.

Police and the coastguard were called but the island's harbourmaster said following inspection, and judging by images on social media, he was satisfied that it was in fact a meteor.

This dashcam footage sent in by Ian Dryhurst shows the white streak visible moving through the sky while he was driving along Victoria Avenue. The flash of light can be seen clearly in the centre of the screen.

Meteors are pieces of rock which burn up on entry to the Earth's atmosphere. According to NASA, an estimated 48.5 tons of meteoritic material falls on the Earth each day.


Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 68 reports (event 1767-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Île-de-France, Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, England, Hauts-de-France, Normandie, Pays de la Loire, St. Ouen, Vlaanderen and Wales on Saturday, March 20th 2021 around 14:53 UT.

Across the English Channel a loud bang and 'earthquake-like' tremors were reported by residents in Dorset according to the Bournemouth Echo. The Ministry of Defence quashed rumours that RAF planes caused the boom reports the Dorset Echo.

Update: On 21 March Yahoo News UK reports:
A loud boom that was heard across four counties was likely caused by a meteor, it has emerged.

Residents in parts of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset heard the sonic boom at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Experts have confirmed that the loud bang was likely to have been related to the fireball meteor seen in Jersey.

The British Geological Survey tweeted on Saturday afternoon of a "probable sonic event" over Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

Richard Kacerek, co-founder of the UK Meteor Observation Network, told Yahoo News: "This is a meteor we see on the pictures and videos.

"The reports we got seem to support this was a fireball meteor. The loud bang heard after this event seems likely to be related."

Seeing a fireball in the daytime is "extremely rare", he said, and would have to be "a very large bolide class to be visible during the day".
Another meteor fireball was widely observed blazing across UK earlier this month, with a sonic boom reported.

Meanwhile a record number of asteroids were observed flying past Earth last year - despite lockdowns interrupting surveys!


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Spectacular meteor fireball in Belem, Brazil

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Spectacular Meteor in Belem, Brazil. 19 March 2021. In the Brazilian state of Pará, local residents filmed a rare phenomenon: a meteorite probably lit up the night sky, leaving behind a bright trail and flash. To explain the reason for this phenomenon, scientists continue to investigate video recordings of the fireball.