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Two mystery 'explosions' heard across large parts of Doncaster, UK

Mysterious explosions in Doncaster, UK
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Two mystery 'explosions' were heard across large parts of Doncaster early this morning.

People across town reported hearing two loud bangs with residents in Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Barnby Dun among those hearing the noise between 5.30am and 6am.

On Facebook, Fiona Stocks wrote: "what the hell were those two explosion sounds just now? They were too loud for a firework surely."

Nicola Bloore said: "I heard them as well," and Hilary Clayton said: "We heard them as well couldn't make out what they were."

Sharon Williamson posted: "Same sounds I heard last week too at about 4.50."

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Astronomers spot 2 meteor fireballs in 2 hours over southern Spain - 4 for the region in November

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Astronomers at an observatory in Central Spain said they spotted two pieces of debris from space falling over the skies of southern Spain yesterday (Sunday).

Scientists at the La Hita observatory in Toledo said the fireballs, one a comet and the other an asteroid, fell within around two hours of each other.

They were also sighted by observers in the Calar Alto observatory in Almeria Province and those at the Granada Province-based La Sagra.

The first debris fell over Spain at around 2.08am yesterday morning. A University of Huelva team who analysed footage of it said it travelled over Andalucia at around 72,000 kilometres per hour before breaking up about 42 kilometres above Jaen Province.

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Meteor fireball caught on camera in Loughborough, UK

A fireball - thought to be an exploding meteor - has been spotted in the sky over Leicestershire.

Amateur astronomer Derek Robson captured the spectacle from his back garden in Loughborough.

Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, confirmed the footage appeared to show a genuine fireball.

He said they occur in the UK a number of times each year but they were difficult to predict, so witnessing one or capturing it on camera came down to being in the right place at the right time.

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Bright meteor fireball on Nov.11 over Jaén, Spain - 3rd for the month in the region

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This bright meteor event was spotted over southern Spain on 11 Nov. 2018 at 2:08 local time (1:08 universal time). It was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 72,000 km/h. The meteor overflew the province of Jaén.

It began at an altitude of about 90 km and ended at a height of around 42 km.

The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project (University of Huelva) from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almeria), La Sagra (Granada) and Sevilla.

Comment: For details of the 2 other records, see: Meteor fireball over the south of Spain brighter than the full moon

Bright meteor fireball shoots across the sky of Andalusia, Spain - Second for the region within 28 hours

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Video taken of meteor fireball near Lexington, Kentucky

Dust associated with Comet Encke hits the Earth's atmosphere at 65,000 mph creating the Taurid meteor shower. Video of fireball near Lexington, KY taken Thursday, November 8th.

The Taurids are actually two separate showers, with a Southern and a Northern component. The Southern Taurids originated from Comet Encke and are active from September 10th to November 20th. They are known for being rich with fireballs. By the way, a fireball is just another word for a meteor brighter than the planet Venus. Despite the fact that we are past peak, Ron Malinowski saw this a couple hours ago looking north from Lexington, KY...

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Bright meteor fireball shoots across the sky of Andalusia, Spain - Second for the region within 28 hours

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The fragment extinguished around 63 kilometers above the municipality of Pueblo Blanco in Almeria

This is the moment a comet fragment turned into a fireball over Andalucia.

A piece of the Encke comet entered Earth's atmosphere at more than 100,000km/hr.

According to the Astrohita Foundation, the fireball was visible from 400km away and was detected by observatories in Granada and Sevilla.

Comment: The night prior to this event another unusually luminous fireball also fell over the region, see: Meteor fireball over the south of Spain brighter than the full moon

The first occurred on the 3rd of November and the second on the 4th (see time stamp on the video above).

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Czech Mate - Confirmation of the Younger Dryas impact event

Gunther Kleteschka
© The Cosmic Tusk
See another blockbuster confirmation of the Younger Dryas cosmic impact below. I keep a pretty close eye on our subject but had no idea such intricate, original and thorough work was underway in the Czech Republic. Gunther Kleteschka has appeared on several YDB papers, but has clearly been busy in his own laboratory collecting entirely new, informative and well dated expressions of the YDB boundary in lake sediments. His work and that of his local colleagues is clearly exciting and in keeping with the predictions made by the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis.

Cosmic-Impact Event in Lake Sediments from Central Europe Postdates the Laacher See Eruption and Marks Onset of the Younger Dryas

Gunther Kletetschka,1,2,3,* Daniel Vondrák,4 Jolana Hruba,2 Vaclav Prochazka,2 Ladislav Nabelek,1,2 Helena Svitavská-Svobodová,5 Premysl Bobek,5 Zuzana Horicka,6,7 Jaroslav Kadlec,8 Marian Takac,2 and Evzen Stuchlik7

Institute of Geology, Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ-252 43 Průhonice 770, Czech Republic; 2. Institute of Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Applied Geophysics, Charles University, Albertov 6, CZ-128 43 Prague 2, Czech Republic; 3. Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903 North Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-7320, USA; 4. Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University, Benátská 2, CZ-128 01 Prague 2, Czech Republic; 5. Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, Zámek 1, CZ-252 43 Průhonice, Czech Republic; 6. Branch of Applied Ecology, T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, Podbabská 30, CZ-160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic; 7. Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Sádkách 7, CZ-370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic; 8. Institute of Geophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Boční II 1401, CZ-141 31 Prague 4, Czech Republic

Comment: Of Flash Frozen Mammoths and Cosmic Catastrophes

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Meteor fireball over the south of Spain brighter than the full moon

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Fireball (stock image)
This stunning North Taurid meteor event was spotted over the south of Spain on 3 Nov. 2017 at 0:46 local time (23:46 universal time on 2 Nov.). It was brighter than the full Moon.

It was produced by a fragment from Comet Encke that hit the atmosphere at about 110,000 km/h.

The event overflew the Mediterranean Sea and the province of Almeria. It began at an altitude of about 122 km and ended at a height of around 63 km.

The meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project (University of Huelva) from the meteor-observing stations located at La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra (Granada) and Sevilla.

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Fiery meteor fireball blazing across Alabama & Arkansas caught on video

© Holger John/Global Look Press
With Halloween festivities been and gone, Mother Nature had a spooky and jaw-dropping show up her sleeve in the form of a fiery meteor blazing a trail across the sky near a US airport.

The fiery space rock, part of the annual Taurid meteor shower, was spotted in several locations above Alabama and Arkansas on Friday night. One video shows the speeding meteor falling from the sky near a US National Weather Service station at Shelby County Airport.

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Meteor fireball streaks across Halloween sky in Alabama

A fireball streaked across the night sky above North Alabama
A fireball streaked across the night sky above North Alabama on Wednesday, Halloween night.
Halloween 2018 came complete with a short celestial show.

A meteor streaked across the sky Wednesday around 7:21 p.m. Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville told WHNT the meteor wasn't a Taurid Fireball - something that would be more common this time of year. It was instead a small piece of a comet.

"Found your meteor in 3 of our cameras at 7:21:57 PM - uncommon slow mover (37,000 mph) seen through clouds, traveling almost due north right up the Alabama/Mississippi state line," Cooke told WHNT."Nice flares indicating multiple fragmentations. The meteor burned up about 43 miles above the Mississippi town of Mingo, just across the state line. Orbit and brightness indicate that the fireball was caused by a fragment of a comet about 3 inches in diameter."