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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.


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Mysterious 'loud bang' heard in northern Scotland

Mystery boom - stock
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People have reported hearing the sound of a "loud bang" in the Highlands on Tuesday night.

The noise was heard by people in and around Ullapool at about 20:00.

British Geological Survey has ruled out an earthquake and the RAF said it was not a sonic boom caused by one of its jets.

The UK Meteor Network said it was possible the sound was caused by a fireball, but it had received no reports of one from Scotland.

It also said it was unconnected to meteors spotted from England at 20:17 and 20:45.

Reports received by BBC Scotland News online on Tuesday suggested the bang was heard near Ullapool in the north west Highlands, further north at Drumbeg as well as Kiltarlity near Inverness.

Comment: This report is the third 'loud boom' reported in Scotland within the past few weeks.


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Striking photo captures moment meteor fireball flies over Sunderland, England

Fireball over Sunderland, England
© Umit Inanc
Resident Umit Inanc said he spotted the impressive space matter while having a cigarette outside of his home on Oldfield Close, Southwick, on Sunday, September 15.

He said he looked up into the sky at around 10.10pm and saw the meteor flying through the sky.

Umit said: "It was amazingI just went out for a cigarette and the next minute I saw it shooting across the sky.

"I'm a bit into astronomy so I was 100% sure it was a meteor, which means it will dissolve before it hits the ground."

"It it the first time I have seen anything like that - it was quite spooky but nice to see as well."

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Stunning meteor fireball captured in central Idaho sky

Fireball over Glenns Ferry, ID
© YouTube/AMS/Anna Morris
On September 12, 2019, the American Meteor Society received a report of a meteor soaring over Glenns Ferry, Idaho. Anna Morris captured the footage with her meteor cam:


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Meteor fireball seen flying through the night sky in Parana, Brazil

Fireball over Brazil
© YouTube/AMS/Alessandro R.
On September 13, 2019, the American Meteor Society (AMS) received 12 reports of a meteor over the State of Parana, Brazil. AMS member 'Alessandro R' uploaded footage of the event:


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Meteor fireball streaks across the North Carolina sky

A car dashcam recorded a fireball streaking across the night sky in North Carolina.

A car dashcam recorded a fireball streaking across the night sky in North Carolina.
A car dashcam recorded a fireball streaking across the night sky in North Carolina.

An ABC11 viewer recorded the video Thursday night while driving on Raleigh Road in Wilson toward Airport Boulevard.

In the top right of the screen, a bright light can be seen entering the frame and streaking toward the horizon for about three seconds.


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Double feature: Not one but TWO asteroids set to fly by Earth this weekend

Asteroids
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NASA is brushing off any asteroid alarmism with assurances that Earth is under no immediate danger from incoming space rocks while revealing that two are set to pass our planet safely in the coming days.

Asteroid 2010 C01, measuring roughly 400 to 850 feet (120 to 260 meters) in size, will fly by late on September 13, followed by 2000 QW7 at 950 to 2,100 feet (290 to 650 meters) in the early hours of September 14.

"Both of these asteroids are passing at about 14 lunar distances from the Earth, or about 3.5 million miles away, but small asteroids pass by Earth this close all the time,"said NASA planetary defense officer Lindley Johnson.

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Big bright meteor fireball spotted in the Netherlands

fireball netherlands
On Thursday afternoon, September 12th, a large, bright meteor/fireball was spotted in the sky over northern parts of the Netherlands. It was seen around 14.50 above Langeoog, an East Frisian Island north of Germany.

While most of the meteor appears to have burned up in the atmosphere, a piece as large as a "fist or a soccer ball" likely ended up in the North Sea.


Comment: See also the following previous meteor/fireball events in the Netherlands:


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Meteor fireball streaks across San Antonio, Texas sky

Fireball over San Antonio, TX
© KENS5/K. Palivec
Eyewitness video captured a meteor streaking across the San Antonio sky over the weekend.

The American Meteor Society confirmed the meteor sighting, which took place Saturday around 10 p.m.

The meteor was seen here in Texas as well as several other states, including New Mexico and Louisiana.

The majority of sightings were reported from the Central Texas area, according to AMS.

Meteors like the one spotted Saturday are often referred to as fireballs, AMS said. They are common events but can often be hard to see in city lights.

The video, shown below, was captured by K. Palivec Saturday night.


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Another possible interstellar comet headed our way in July 2020

Astronomers have discovered a potentially interstellar comet — the second after 'Oumuamua — and it's approaching the Sun, with a perihelion in mid-2020.
Oumuamua
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First there was 'Oumuamua. Now we might be in store for another interstellar flyby, this time by the recently discovered comet A/2019 Q1. Gennady Borisov captured the object on August 30, 2019, at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory when it was about 5.5 astronomical units (a.u.) from the Sun. Unlike 'Oumuamua, which was discovered well after perihelion, the new comet is approaching the plane of the solar system and will reach perihelion on July 24, 2020 at a distance of 4.96 a.u., about the distance between Jupiter and the Sun.

But it's still early. Don't be surprised if these dates change as more observations come in.

What sets A/2019 Q1 apart from nearly every other comet is the eccentricity of its orbit. Eccentricity measures how much an orbit deviates from a perfect circle, which has an eccentricity of 0. Elliptical orbits, typical of planets, asteroids and comets, have eccentricities between 0 and 1. Parabolas are equal to 1, and an eccentricity greater than 1 indicates a hyperbolic orbit.
Object Orbit
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How flat an object's orbit is called its eccentricity. An object on a hyperbolic orbit is likely from beyond the solar system.