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Loud booming noise rattles Gibraltar, Michigan neighborhoods; source not identified

City of Gibraltar, MI
© Jessica McLean — Media News Group
A mysterious boom shook, rattled and rolled many residents of Gibraltar early Thursday afternoon.

The resonant sound was first mentioned by a resident who posted a comment on the Gibraltar Life Facebook group page, with numerous people saying they heard and felt it, as well.

Several people said it sounded like thunder, but the sun was shining brightly, with no storm clouds in sight.

One person said it felt like a minor earthquake, but none were reported.

Others surmised that the sound could have resulted from blasting at a nearby quarry. Many residents said the boom shook their entire house.

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Three meteor fireballs over Spain on 21 November

Three bright meteors overflew Spain on November 21. The brightest of them (Event # 1 on video) was spotted at about 2:32 local time (equivalent to 1:32universal time). It was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at around 101,000 km / h. It began at an altitude of about 105 km over the province of Jaén (Andalusia), and ended at a height of around 52 km.

Previously, other two fireballs were recorded, at1:47 and 2:21local time, respectively (Events # 2 and # 3 on video). The first of these (Event # 2 on video) was generated by a rock from another comet that entered the atmosphere at 202,000 km / h. It began at a height of 108 km over the Mediterranean Sea and ended at an altitude or around 72 km off the coast of the province of Almería (Andalusia).

Finally, the bolide recorded at2:21h (Event # 3 on video) was also produced by a rock from Comet Encke entering the atmosphere at 101,000 km / h. It began at an altitude of around 111 over the province of Ciudad Real, and ended at a height of about 71 km. These events were recorded in the framework of the SMART project, which is being conducted by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN). These meteors were spotted from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Sagra (Granada), La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Calar Alto.


Dublin, Ireland residents spooked as massive mysterious bang 'shakes houses' leaving locals baffled

Boom in Dublin, Ireland
© dublinlive.com
Dublin residents have been left spooked after a massive mysterious bang shook houses and woke locals late last night.

Baffled northsiders took to social media to first see if they were imaging what had happened, asking others if they had heard the noise too, before trying to figure out what the colossal clang was.

And Royal Oak, Santry Court and Woodlawn residents are still none the wiser almost 12 hours after the big boom.

The thud had affects on houses in a 2km radius along the M50 in the area with many fearing it may have been coming from the motorway.


Bright meteor fireball lights up the night sky over Texas

A bright meteor illuminated the night sky over southern Texas as part of the anticipated Leonids meteor shower, experts said.

The fireball was caught on camera Thursday night across the Rio Grande Valley, an area of southern Texas and northern Mexico, including at the National Weather Service's Brownsville station.

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Bright meteor fireball blazes over Germany, Czech Republic and Austria

Meteor fireball over Austria
© AMS/Herbert R.
Meteor fireball over Austria
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 34 reports (event 6819-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Oberösterreich, Sachsen, Salzburg, Saxony, Tirol, Upper Austria and Veneto on Thursday, November 19th 2020 around 03:46 UT.

For this event, they received 2 videos and 5 photos.


Captured on film: Huge meteor fireball's spectacular explosion off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia

An enormous, spectacular fireball blazing a trail across the sky off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia, has been captured on film.

A livestream camera fitted to the research vessel Investigator, operated by Australia's national science agency CSIRO, spotted the fireball at 9:21 p.m. local time on Nov. 18. The vessel is designed to "look" down, performing mapping of the seafloor and conducting oceanographic studies about 60 miles south of Australia, but it was the meteor that flew by overhead that excited the crew on Wednesday.

"What we saw on reviewing the livestream footage astounded us, the size and brightness of the meteor was incredible," John Hooper, voyage manager onboard the vessel, said in a press release.

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Meteor fireball captured over Illinois and neighbouring states

AMS observers map (event 6742-2020)
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
AMS observers map (event 6742-2020)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 54 reports (event 6742-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, OH, TN and WI on Wednesday, November 18th 2020 around 11:24 UT.

For this event, they received 2 videos.


Follow-up on recent NEO objects

Below you can find a selection of some objects for which we recently made follow-up observations at the "Osservatorio Salvatore di Giacomo, Agerola, ITALY" (MPC code L07; Observers E. Guido, A. Catapano, F. Coccia) while they still were on the NEOCP list. More details about the telescope, the magnitude, number of images & exposition, asteroid speed & PA etc. are on the images. Click on each image for a bigger version. All the processing has been made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott.

2020 VX5 (neocp designation C3WZUQ2) is an Apollo-type asteroid discovered by G96 Mt. Lemmon Survey on November 15, 2020. This asteroid has an estimated size of 55 m - 120 m (H=23.4) and it had a close approach with Earth at about 29 LD (Lunar Distances = ~384,000 kilometers) or 0.074 AU (1 AU = ~150 million kilometers) at 1950 UT on 11 Nov. 2020.
2020 VX5
© Remanzacco Blogspot

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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)
© myjournalcourier.com
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.