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Space rock reportedly hits Cuba, lights up night sky, causes explosions

The Caribbean island was previously hit by a meteorite in February 2019, with space rock fragments causing a sonic boom powerful enough to shatter windows in the city of Pinar del Rio in country's west.

Seismologists in Cuba have tentatively attributed mysterious lights illuminating the night sky above the Moa seismological station in the country's east to a meteorite.

At 10:06 pm, the station registered 'several luminous phenomena', with residents in multiple communities reporting spotting a red and white light followed by one or more explosions.

National Seismological Service Chief Enrique Arango Arias confirmed to CubaDebate that the agency believes the event was caused by a space rock.


Bright meteor fireball over Spain (March 17)

Our cameras recorded this fireball over Spain on 17 March 2021, at about 6:07 local time (equivalent to 5:07universal time). The bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 100,000 km / h.

The fireball began at an altitude of about 100 km over the province of Jaén (Andalusia), and ended at a height of around 52 km over the province of Ciudad Real (Castilla-La Mancha). This 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), Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto ( Almería), and Madrid (UCM, Jaime Izquierdo).

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).6:07(Spanish peninsular local time) of March 17.

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Large meteor fireball turns night into day over Indonesia

Indonesia meteor fireball
© YouTube/Save Earth (screen capture)
A bright meteor has lit up the sky in Sulawesi, Indonesia on 16 March 2021 at 9:20 PM. Videos from the event show a bright fireball streaking across Pagimana District, Banggai Regency, Central Sulawesi lighting the dark sky.

Residents of Gorontalo Province who saw the meteor said that they heard a loud boom sound when the meteor lights up the night sky. Some experts believe that the flying object was a bolide, a very bright meteor.


Very bright bolide over Minas Gerais, Brazil on March 11

A very luminous bolide was recorded at dawn on March 11th in BRAMON and Clima ao Vivo cameras in Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

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Meteor fireball streaks over Rome, Italy

Meteor fireball over Rome
© YouTube/Meteo Lazio (screen capture)
A bolide / meteorite has been spotted on the skies of Rome on the evening of 15 March 2021. Credit: Meteo Lazio

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Karma family of asteroids potential source of near-Earth asteroids

New simulations have identified the Karma family of asteroids in the main belt as a potential source of near-Earth asteroids.

When asteroids in the main belt of the solar system collide, the fragments come back together to form smaller rubble-pile bodies that orbit the Sun as a "family." Under the right conditions, some of those family members can end up in near-Earth space.
Near Earth Asteroid
© NASA / JPL-Caltech
This artist's illustration shows a near-Earth asteroid passing by Earth.
In a study published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers simulated the orbital evolution of asteroids in the Karma family, starting with the initial family-creating impact. The results suggest that over the family's lifetime, 350 members have transferred close to Earth's orbit — and around 10 might currently be in near-Earth space right now.

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Bright meteor fireball over the Mediterranean Sea (March 15)

This bright meteor was recorded form Spain on 2021 March 15 at 1:51 local time (equivalent to 0:51​ universal time). It overflew the Mediterranean Sea. The bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 140,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 111 km over the Mediterranean Sea, and ended at a height of around 59 km, after traveling about 80 km in the Earth's atmosphere.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Sevilla.


Meteor fireball seen traveling across sky over Tokyo

Many people in Tokyo and surrounding areas have taken to social media to report seeing what appeared to be a fireball shooting across the night sky.

Eyewitnesses posted about the phenomenon that was observed shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday across the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo.

A video taken by an NHK camera in the capital's Shinjuku Ward shows a ball of light streaking from the upper middle of the screen to the lower left.

Another NHK camera in Tokyo's Chuo Ward captured similar footage, and the light is seen reflected on the surface of water.

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Meteorite from brilliant UK fireball is England's first in 30 years

A chunk of the meteorite that was recovered from Winchcombe in England
© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
A chunk of the meteorite that was recovered from Winchcombe in England on March 1, 2021 — the first meteorite found in the United Kingdom since 1991.
A piece of the space rock that lit up skies over England on Feb. 28 has been found.

The singed hunk of asteroid was discovered in the driveway of a house in Winchcombe, a small town in the county of Gloucestershire in southwestern England. The rock, which weighs nearly 10.6 ounces (300 grams), is the first meteorite found in the UK since 1991, experts said, and the first known carbonaceous chondrite ever discovered in the country.

Carbonaceous chondrites are especially pristine and primitive meteorites that generally contain lots of organic material, including complex molecules such as amino acids. Studying carbonaceous chondrites can shed light on the early solar system and how the building blocks of life found their way to Earth, researchers say.

Such study is already under way at the Natural History Museum in London, where the meteorite now resides.

"This is really exciting. There are about 65,000 known meteorites in the entire world, and of those only 51 of them are carbonaceous chondrites that have been seen to fall like this one," Sara Russell, a meteorite scientist at the museum, said in a statement.

"It is almost mind-blowingly amazing, because we are working on the asteroid sample-return space missions Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx, and this material looks exactly like the material they are collecting," Russell said. "I am just speechless with excitement."

Comment: Blazing meteor fireball observed across UK - Update: Sonic boom reported

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Meteor fireball blazes over Florida

Event 1407-2021 observers map
© YouTube/AMS (screen capture)
Event 1407-2021 observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 35 reports (event 1407-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over AL, FL, GA and SC on Monday, March 8th 2021 around 10:33 UT.

Two videos were uploaded to the AMS website.

Credit: RainmanWeather