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New Comet C/2020 B3 (Rankin)

MPEC 2020-C111, issued on 2020, February 06, announces the discovery of a comet (magnitude ~20) by D. Rankin in the course of the Mt. Lemmon Survey (G96), in images taken on 2020, Jan 29 with a 1.5-m reflector + 10K CCD. The new comet has been designated C/2020 B3 (Rankin).

I performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage. Stacking of 16 unfiltered exposures, 120 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2020, February 03.2 from X02 Telescope Live (El Sauce, Chile) through a 0.6-m f/6.5 astrograph + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a compact coma about 5" in diameter slightly elongated toward PA 250.

My confirmation image (click on it for a bigger version)
Comet C/2020 B3 (Rankin)
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Comet C/2020 B3 (Rankin)

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Video shows meteor fireball exploding over Northern England

Video footage captured the rare phenomenon
© Gary Rogers
Video footage captured the rare phenomenon
A stargazer has filmed the moment a meteor 'exploded' over his home on Monday night.

Aidan Patten captured the incredible footage on the doorbell security camera of his house in Burley-in-Wharfedale.

A bright line can be seen descending from the sky above Otley before the 'explosion' at around 11.30pm.

Aidan recorded the sighting on the UK Meteor Observation Network's website's fireball reporting system.


Comment: Less than two weeks ago a huge meteor fireball was spotted over Cornwall in Southern England.


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Another breathtaking meteor fireball event, this time over Russia's Urals

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A meteor which put on a spectacular show as it sped across Russia's Urals region was caught on camera lighting up the night sky as it erupted in a blaze of glory this week.

Photographer Ilya Jankowsky captured the stunning spectacle in the town of Irbit in Sverdlovsk Oblast on Thursday night.


Comment: There have been a LOT of spectacular meteor events lately. Here are a few:


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Spectacular meteor fireball over Southern California was small asteroid or comet fragment, NOT space debris re-entry

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Residents in Southern California were treated to a bright sight Wednesday night, prompting many to take to social media.

An apparent meteor flashed over the region and was caught on camera.

On social media, residents took video of the large bright light resembling a meteor as it flashed across the night sky.


Comment: On February 1st, NASA's spaceweather.com reported:
On Jan. 30th around 10:30 pm PST, a spectacular fireball crawled across the skies of southern California. In Los Angeles and San Diego, millions of people watched it fragment into dozens of pieces high overhead. But what was it? Initial speculation focused on decaying space junk. The slow pace of the fireball combined with its fragmentation--as if parts of a satellite were breaking off in the atmosphere--suggested an orbital decay event. It appears, however, that the fireball was something else entirely.


Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office has triangulated data from multiple cameras that picked up the fireball. His conclusion: It did not come from Earth. Instead, the fireball was a small asteroid or comet fragment belonging to the Apollo/Jupiter family. It was orbiting the sun when Earth got in the way, hitting our planet at a speed of 15.5 km/s (~35,000 mph). For comparison, manmade objects in low-Earth orbit typically hit at 7.9 km/s (17,700 mph) when they decay.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 101 reports of the event.


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Large meteor fireball explodes over Andalusia, Spain - Meteorites possible

Large meteor fireball explodes over Andalusia, Spain
© YouTube/Meteors (screen capture)
The YouTube channel Meteors has uploaded a video of a large meteor fireball exploding over Andalusia, Spain on January 29.


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Meteor fireball caught on camera exploding over the sky of Lebanon

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An impressive meteor/fireball was caught on camera as it streaked and then exploded in the skies over mt. Sannine, Lebanon on the night of Jan. 25/26th.

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Huge meteor fireball spotted in skies over Cornwall, UK

Huge fireball filmed over Bude, north Cornwall

Huge fireball filmed over Bude, north Cornwall
A huge fireball has been spotted in the skies over north Cornwall and the video is a must-watch!

Chris Small from Ocean and Earth Photography managed to catch the phenomenon on camera at Bude.

Now the photographer has released this incredible timelapse video.

If you watch one video all day - make it this one!


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Asteroid fireball explodes over the Great Lakes

Asteroid oevr Great Lakes
© illustration PX Fuel
The asteroid landed in Lake Huron on Tuesday.
The shattered remains of an asteroid now lie on the floor of one of North America's Great Lakes after travelling from beyond Mars to rain down on Earth in a blaze of fire.

Numerous eyewitnesses reported seeing the raging fireball streak across the sky on Tuesday night and experts calculate that it travelled nearly half a billion kilometers before coming to rest in its watery grave on the floor of Lake Huron.

Meteor scientist Peter Brown reported that the trajectory of the space rock's flight reveal that it travelled from the asteroid belt beyond Mars before hitting our planet.

The University of Western Ontario astronomer shared observatory footage on Twitter which captured the space visitor lighting up the night sky.

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Blazing blue meteor turns night into day over Israel

Driver says he was 'left speechless' by power and beauty of sight; Israeli Astronomical Association says dozens of sightings also reported from Lebanon and Cyprus
Meteor fireball over highway

Meteor fireball over highway
A large meteor lit up the night sky over Israel with a blue flash so bright it was seen in neighboring Lebanon and Cyprus.

One witness was driving along Route 6 on Tuesday evening when suddenly he saw a blue ball flash through the sky. He later discovered his dashboard camera had captured the sight.

The man, who identified himself as Ori, told Channel 12 that he quickly stopped his car on the side of the road to rewatch it.


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Meteor fireball spotted over Huron County, Ontario

A fireball spotted over Kintail, Ont. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 is seen in this image from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Collingwood Observatory.
© @pgbrown / Twitter
A fireball spotted over Kintail, Ont. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 is seen in this image from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Collingwood Observatory.
What's believed to be a meteor lit up the skies over Huron County Tuesday night.

An observatory at Western University captured the fireball heading from Brussels towards Kintail around 9 p.m.

Researchers say they suspect it was a collection of small meteorites, about the size of a softball, that likely landed in Lake Huron.

It happened so fast, no people have reported seeing it. It was only captured by observatories at Western University, as well as in Elginfield and Collingwood.