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Daytime meteor streaks over Jersey, Channel Islands - Update: Sonic boom reported

Event 1767-2021 observers map
© AMS (screen capture)
Event 1767-2021 observers map
A meteor has been spotted over Jersey.

At around 3pm, a report was made from the island's north coast of a streak of white light moving downward through the skies above the island.

Police and the coastguard were called but the island's harbourmaster said following inspection, and judging by images on social media, he was satisfied that it was in fact a meteor.

This dashcam footage sent in by Ian Dryhurst shows the white streak visible moving through the sky while he was driving along Victoria Avenue. The flash of light can be seen clearly in the centre of the screen.

Meteors are pieces of rock which burn up on entry to the Earth's atmosphere. According to NASA, an estimated 48.5 tons of meteoritic material falls on the Earth each day.

Comment: The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 68 reports (event 1767-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Île-de-France, Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, England, Hauts-de-France, Normandie, Pays de la Loire, St. Ouen, Vlaanderen and Wales on Saturday, March 20th 2021 around 14:53 UT.

Across the English Channel a loud bang and 'earthquake-like' tremors were reported by residents in Dorset according to the Bournemouth Echo. The Ministry of Defence quashed rumours that RAF planes caused the boom reports the Dorset Echo.

Update: On 21 March Yahoo News UK reports:
A loud boom that was heard across four counties was likely caused by a meteor, it has emerged.

Residents in parts of Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset heard the sonic boom at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Experts have confirmed that the loud bang was likely to have been related to the fireball meteor seen in Jersey.

The British Geological Survey tweeted on Saturday afternoon of a "probable sonic event" over Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

Richard Kacerek, co-founder of the UK Meteor Observation Network, told Yahoo News: "This is a meteor we see on the pictures and videos.

"The reports we got seem to support this was a fireball meteor. The loud bang heard after this event seems likely to be related."

Seeing a fireball in the daytime is "extremely rare", he said, and would have to be "a very large bolide class to be visible during the day".
Another meteor fireball was widely observed blazing across UK earlier this month, with a sonic boom reported.

Meanwhile a record number of asteroids were observed flying past Earth last year - despite lockdowns interrupting surveys!


Spectacular meteor fireball in Belem, Brazil

Spectacular Meteor in Belem, Brazil. 19 March 2021. In the Brazilian state of Pará, local residents filmed a rare phenomenon: a meteorite probably lit up the night sky, leaving behind a bright trail and flash. To explain the reason for this phenomenon, scientists continue to investigate video recordings of the fireball.

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Bright meteor fireball captured over Pittsburgh

Event 1786-2021 observers map
© AMS (screen capture)
Event 1786-2021 observers map
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 143 reports (event 1786-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over CT, DC, DE, IN, MA, MD, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, Ontario, PA, Québec, TN, VA and WV on Sunday, March 21st 2021 around 04:25 UT.


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

(Translated by google).

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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.