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Meteor fireball flashes across the sky of Newcastle, Australia (VIDEO)

Meteor fireball above Newcastle

Meteor fireball above Newcastle
This is a rare type of meteor flashing across the sky above Newcastle.

Graeme Challen's dashcam captured the moment, as he was driving east along the New England Highway towards Hexham Bridge.

"It had this incredible electric blue-green colour," he said, adding that the colours were lost in the picture because of the headlights and streetlights.

Meteor video: The date is incorrect because it hadn't been set.

Comment: Below is a chart of the number of meteor fireballs reported on Sott from 2010 to the present time - notice the initial low numbers for the first few years then the sudden huge increase that started in 2013:

For a far more deeper historical review concerning space rocks read: Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls

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Fast moving meteor fireball captured on dashcam over Russian city

© Sputnik News
A driver in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains has managed to capture the fall of what researchers claimed was an extremely fast meteor, according to local media reports.

Vladilen Sanakoyev of the Ural Federal University's educational observatory in Yekaterinburg has given his thoughts on the video with what looked like a massive falling ball of fire, local media outlets have reported.

According to him, a blue flash in the footage indicates that the celestial body was flying at a high speed when a car's dashboard camera captured the moment of the alleged meteor falling from the skies in the Russian Urals city.

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Meteor fireball reported over Wisconsin, US

Location map of meteor fireball over Wisconsin
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
Location map of meteor fireball over Wisconsin (AMS event 797-2018)
Citizens all across southeast Wisconsin reported seeing a meteor streak across the sky Wednesday night. Viewers reported seeing a green streak across the sky moving from northeast to southwest.

There were 67 reports of the fireball according to the American Meteor Society reports page from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Most of the reports were centered in southeast Wisconsin. Most of the reports were centered between 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Trevor Wright caught the meteor over Greenfield on his dash cam.


Bus-sized asteroid to pass Earth on 2nd March

© NASA/JPL-Caltech
This coming Friday, March 2, an near-Earth asteroid will be sweeping within 70,000 miles (113,000 kilometers) of our planet's surface.

While there's no danger of any collision, asteroid 2018 DV1 will be coming closer to Earth than the Moon, which is nearly always enough to grab the attention of asteroid-hunters. And on top of that, 2018 DV1 is about 23 feet (7 meters) wide, which NASA's official Asteroid Watch declared was about the size of a bus.

And it should make for an impressive sight if you have the necessary tools to see it. Assuming that you don't have access to powerful telescopes, you can watch a live stream of the asteroid passing through the night sky from the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenegra Observatories in Arizona, who will be showing the video on their website.

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Fireball amazes onlookers as it streaks across the skies of Chile (VIDEO)

fireball chile feb 25th 2018
At around 20:50 on 25th February 2018, a fireball was seen streaking through the Chilean night skies amazing onlookers. The event was documented on film by a drivers dash cam, a concert goer, and the American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 13 reports so far.
received 13 reports about a fireball seen over Región de Antofagasta, Arica e Parinacota and Antofagasta on Sunday, February 25th 2018 around 23:49 UT.

Comment: Other dazzling sightings in just the past few weeks include:

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Bolide streaks over Côte-d'Or, France

Bolide over France
Location map of people who reported their testimony of the meteor fireball on Wednesday, February 21st.
A bolide (meteor brighter than the planet Venus) was observed over eastern France on Wednesday, February 21, at around 9pm local time. It was seen over the Côte-d'Or region in particular, although many of the 110+ reports (event 693-2018) submitted to the American Meteor Society (AMS) are from neighbouring European countries of Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

In Paris, netizens said they saw a "bolide with persistent trails", a "shooting green star" or a meteorite "disintegrate" reports Ouest-France.

The phenomenon was recorded by cameras of the FRIPON network (Fireball Recovery and Interplanetary Observation Network), according to L'Est Eclair, one of which is located in Côte-d'Or, in Châtillon-sur-Seine.

Just over a week ago, on Tuesday, February 12, another bolide was captured over western France.

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Meteor fireball filmed over Ekaterinburg, Russia

Fireball over Russia
© YouTube/Phobos: Cataclysms and disasters of nature
YouTube user 'Phobos: Cataclysms and disasters of nature' filmed a bolide in the skies over Ekaterinburg, Russia.

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Mysterious boom shakes homes in Oconee County, South Carolina

Oconee, SC boom
© Facebook
Social media started buzzing Monday night about a mysterious boom that was reportedly heard and felt by people in communities across Oconee County.

The National Weather Service confirmed it wasn't weather related and the U.S. Geological Survey reported no earthquake activity. FOX Carolina also reached out to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management but those agencies hadn't received any reports. But the online discussion about what people experienced was still a heated topic on Tuesday.

Teresa Sills tells FOX Carolina, "Last night I was getting ready to go to bed. My husband had already gone to bed and all of a sudden there was a boom sound and the house actually shook and rattled."

After a check around her property, Sills posted a message to an Oconee County Facebook group.

Comment: See also: Meteor fireball seen over South Carolina (VIDEO)

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Dashcam footage captures meteor fireball over Manchester, New Hampshire (VIDEO)

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
WMUR digital managing editor and astronomy enthusiast Kirk Enstrom captured this video of what appears to be a fireball on his dashcam at 7:17 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Meteor fireball seen over South Carolina (VIDEO)

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
The first reports of Monday night's bright fireball came in between 9 PM and 9:30 PM CST, and it turns out it was high in the atmosphere over South Carolina a little west of Greenville.

Dr. Bill Cooke from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center captured it on several cameras and tells us this:
'Last night at 9:57 PM Eastern Standard Time (8:57 PM Central), eyewitnesses in the southeastern United States reported seeing a bright meteor, which was also observed by 4 NASA all sky meteor cameras in the region.

The video data enable us to establish that the fireball was first spotted 55 miles above the Oconee Nuclear Station at the south end of Lake Keowee in South Carolina, traveling north of west at 56,000 miles per hour. It completely ablated 17 miles above the Nantahala Woodland Lodge in the mountains of North Carolina. At its brightest, the fireball was as bright as the crescent Moon, indicating it was caused by an asteroidal fragment 3 inches in diameter and weighing roughly one pound. '