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Dramatic meteor streak over Maryland

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© Corbis
A rash of reports came in about 8 p.m. Monday of a giant meteor shooting through the sky over Maryland, according to The Washington Post.

Witnesses said on social media that the meteor was in the northeast sky traveling eastward.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) reported:
Over 63 (so far) witnesses reporteda large fireball over Lancaster County last night (10/14) around 8:25 PM local EDT (0:25 on 10/15 UT.) The fireball was seen from primarily Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia but witnesses from Washington DC, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania also reported seeing the fireball.
We are currently investigating more reports about this event.

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Fireball meteor lights up aurora display over Scotland

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© Byron Griffiths
Byron Griffiths captured this shot from the eastern side of the Isle of Lewis.
A display of the Northern Lights over the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has been lit up by a fireball meteor.

Images of the aurora borealis were captured in clear skies on Monday night, including along the west coast and in the Western Isles.

The Northern Lights are generated when particle streams from the sun collide with atoms high up in the atmosphere.

Byron Griffiths, who lives on the Isle of Lewis, took one shot of the fireball as it fell through the sky.

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Meteor Alert - Several larger meteor events expected! NEO Asteroids close approaches October 2013

Meteor Alert: Several larger meteor events and increased meteor activity expected! - Through the end of OCT2013! Get out and watch and HAVE your security/allsky cameras ON!

BUT WAIT and see what will happen in November 2013!!!
- LunarMeteoriteHunter...Tokyo

NEO Asteroids Close Approaches October 2013

8 known NEOs with an LD of 10 or less. Several more are expected to be discovered this month!
2013 SU24, 2013 SC21, 2013 TQ4, 2013 TO4 2013 TR12, 2013 TX68, 2013 TT5, 2013 TM127

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Brilliant fireball seen over most of Western Australia 14 October 2013

A brilliant meteor seen over most of Western Australia about 7pm yesterday was unusual, but not unexpected, according to Guardian astronomy expert Dave Reneke. Mr Reneke said to expect an intense period of meteor activity over the next week or so, with the 'Orionids' meteor shower.


Comment: The Orionids are certainly on their way, though this 'meteor' was seen over most of Western Australia, which doesn't sound like just a part of the Orionids' meteor activity.


"The Orionids are one of the better showers of the year and are well known to produce 'fireballs,' slow-moving meteors that are actually on fire, producing a variety of colours and long, extended tails," he said. "It was more than likely the cause of the one spotted early last night.

"Once seen, these objects are seldom forgotten!" Mr Reneke said a meteor shower occurred when the Earth passed through the tail of a comet that came by years before. "When the Earth intercepts a debris stream, individual particles travel through the earth's atmosphere and start to burn up," he said.

"This time we are passing through the tail of Halley's Comet that came by in 1986.

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Spectacular Meteor 12 October 2013 Saitama, Japan

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© Saitama Allsky Video Capture / Credit- ts007
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Fireball sightings reported over DC area Monday night

Washington - Did you see a flash in the sky tonight?

Multiple reports came into the WTOP newsroom Monday night about a fireball in the area. One listener traveling eastbound on Interstate 66 toward the Route 7 exit said they saw one headed northbound.

Fox 5's Greg Redfern and WTOP's space expert said he and another person saw a bright fireball to the northeast around 8:25 p.m. Redfern says the fireball appeared white to him while another said it was red.

It was moving downward and was "bright as tonight's moon" said Redfern. While he says his view was partially blocked by trees, he says it was a good one.

So far there have been more than 30 reports of fireball sightings to the American Meteor Society, seen as far north as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and other northeastern areas.

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Huge daytime fireball frightens people in Venezuela and Colombia, 5 October 2013

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, at around 6:30 PM, a huge firewall struck over Venezuela and Colombia scaring inhabitants from San Cristobal, Tachira and Cucuta in Colombia.
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Draconids Meteor over Colombia and Venezuela – October 2013
It was probably a draconid meteor or fireball. The yellow incandescent material had a long white tail during its fall.
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Fireball Over Colombia and Venezuela october 2013
Here some pictures of the sightings collected from the web
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Meteor explosion colombia and venezuela 2013
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Signs of change in the last week of September 2013

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The events around the world have been unprecedented over the last few weeks. Some of the most dramatic and unbelievable footage I've ever seen from events that took place in the past week or so. Please use these videos for awareness to these ongoing extremes that seem to be getting worse each week. Prepare for disasters in your area! You're no different than others that are already dealing with them and most were not ready...

In just a couple of weeks we saw a devastating typhoon hit Japan and China, a 'one-in-one-thousand-years' flood hit Colorado, record rainfall in Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, Brazil, and India, fireballs turning night into day over Canada and the US, a powerful tornado in Sao Paulo, a 7.7 earthquake in Pakistan that formed a new island in the ocean, followed just 4 days later by 7.2 in the same region, a 7.0 earthquake in Peru, a daytime fireball in Alabama...these are just some of the highlights from the last week of another crazy month on planet Earth!

Thanks for watching here and stay safe!


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Photos and video of meteorite fall in Brazil, 23 September 2013

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© http://bomjardimnoticia.com.br/2013/09/27/asteroide-cai-em-borracha-municipio-de-vicencia-pe/
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© http://bomjardimnoticia.com.br/2013/09/27/asteroide-cai-em-borracha-municipio-de-vicencia-pe/
Meteorite crashed in a small village in Brazil:

A suspected meteorite crashed in town Rubber, Vicenza district, North Forest in Pernambuco, and is worrying farmers in the region. The object had fallen from the sky on the evening of last Monday (23).Although seem unlikely, since Wednesday (25), and until the 25th of November, happens a meteor shower, known as Oriônidas in space. The phenomenon occurs when the Earth crosses the orbit of Halley's Comet, taken as the origin of rock fragment. Rain records a typical rate 20-25 meteors per hour - which can be seen on a dark night and clear skies. Inside, the resident who found the material not resist and kept the "burnt stone" of 1.2 pound home. The information was confirmed late on Thursday (26) by the Mayor of Vicenza, Paulo Tadeu. ...more
http://www.diariodepernambuco.com.br/app/noticia/vida-urbana/2013/09/26/interna_vidaurbana,464618/suposto-meteorito-cai-em-povoado-de-vicencia.shtml


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Scientists discover ancient Earth comet impact

Exploding Comet
© Terry Bakker
An artist’s rendition of the comet exploding in Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt.
Comet ISON is getting closer to making its close pass by the sun, but what would happen if it had a brush with our planet instead? New evidence shows it would be devastating.

International scientists have discovered the first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and exploding. This celestial object rained down fire across the Earth, obliterating every life form in its path.

The team's discovery provides the first definitive proof of a comet striking Earth millions of years ago. It also helps to give scientists a peak into how comets help shape the solar system.

"Comets always visit our skies - they're these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust - but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth," Professor David Block, of Wits University, said in a statement.