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Flaming meteor fireball seen in Oman's sky

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The Sultanate on Wednesday evening saw the emergence of a flaming fireball in the sky over some regions.

Speaking exclusively to the Times of Oman, Yusuf bin Zahir Al Salmi, Official of Al Huwqain Astronomical Observatory, said: "Eyewitnesses from Al Huwqain, Wadi Bani Ghafir villages in the Wilayat of Rustaq in South Al Batinah Governorate and from the Wilayats of Ibri, Yanqul, and Dhank in Al Dhahirah Governorate, reported that at exactly 8:28 pm on Wednesday's evening the 15th of Ramadan, April 28, 2021, a very bright white light was seen tending to blue, penetrating clouds, starting from the northeast, heading to the southwest, and after a few seconds an explosion followed."

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Meteor fireball widely reported over southern France

Observers map - AMS event 2408-2021
© American Meteor Society (screen capture)
Observers map - AMS event 2408-2021
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 406 reports (event 2408-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire, Emilia-Romagna, Geneva, Liguria, Lombardia, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Piemonte, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Toscana and Vaud on Saturday, April 24th 2021 around 20:28 UT.

For this event, the AMS received one video.


Comment: Two further videos have been added to the AMS website.

Credit: Didine&Cec 13640


Credit: Aixam


This event has been detected by 9 cameras of the FRIPON network. All results obtained by this network for this event are available on the FRIPON Website.

Detection date: 2021-04-24 20:26 UT - Velocity: 21,245.40 m/s
Click the icons on the map for info about the stations. The trajectory computed by Fripon is represented by on the map.


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Lyrid fireball over the Mediterranean (April 23)

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This bright Lyrid meteor was recorded over Spain on 2021 April 23 at 6:03 local time (equivalent to 4:03 universal time). It overflew the Mediterranean Sea. The bolide was generated by a fragment (a meteoroid) from Comet C/1861 G1 (Comet Thatcher) that hit the atmosphere at about 165,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 114 km over the Mediterranean Sea, and ended at a height of around 60 km, after traveling about 53 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), La Sagra (Granada), and Sevilla.


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NASA to participate in tabletop exercise simulating asteroid impact

Asteroid crater from space station
© NASA, International Space Station Expedition 59
This image was captured by the International Space Station Expedition 59 crew as they orbited 400 kilometers above Quebec, Canada. Right of center, the ring-shaped lake is a modern reservoir within the eroded remnant of an ancient 100 kilometer diameter impact crater, which is over 200 million years old.
JPL's Center for Near Earth Object Studies will lead the hypothetical impact scenario to see how international agencies respond to an actual impact prediction.

During the week of April 26, members of NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) will participate in a "tabletop exercise" to simulate an asteroid impact scenario. The exercise depicting this fictional event is being led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), allowing NASA's PDCO and other U.S. agencies and space science institutions, along with international space agencies and partners, to use the fictitious scenario to investigate how near-Earth object (NEO) observers, space agency officials, emergency managers, decision makers, and citizens might respond and work together to an actual impact prediction and simulate the evolving information that becomes available in the event an asteroid impact threat is discovered.

The fictitious impact scenario will occur during the 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference, hosted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), and will evolve over the five days of the conference, starting Monday, April 26. At several points in the conference program, leaders of the exercise will brief participants on the latest status of the fictitious scenario and solicit feedback for next steps based on the simulated data that is "discovered" each day. These type of exercises are specifically identified as part of the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan developed over a three-year period and published by the White House in June 2018.

Comment: Meanwhile a record number of asteroids were observed flying past Earth in 2020 - Despite lockdowns interrupting surveys.


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Dozens report bright meteor fireball in New Hampshire skies

Fireball over Manchester, NH
© WMUR
Dozens of people in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts reported seeing a bright fireball streak across the sky Sunday night.

The American Meteor Society received at least 45 reports of the meteor from as far away as Nova Scotia, Rhode Island and Vermont. Based on the reports, it's likely the fireball entered the atmosphere above the ocean off the coast of Maine at about 8:20 p.m. and streaked northwest above Casco Bay.

A surveillance video captured by a Nest security camera in Rochester submitted by a local user shows a short, bright streak of light in the sky. The submitter said the fireball was accompanied by a loud boom, and an emailer from Strafford told News 9 his house shook after the fireball was seen. Just one of the reports submitted to the AMS indicated that the witnesses hadn't heard any sound.


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Meteor fireball blaze caught on police body cam at Surfers Paradise, Australia

Queensland officers spotted the meteorite falling over Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast.

Queensland officers spotted the meteorite falling over Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast.
Police were lucky enough to catch footage of a meteorite as it fell over the Gold Coast on Monday night.

Gold Coast rapid action patrol police were "shocked to see a meteorite blaze across the sky" while on duty in Surfers Paradise. The meteorite fell over the city about 9.45pm on Monday, leaving a long white tail before disappearing behind buildings.

The senior constable on duty said it was "not a sight you get to see everyday and could not believe the whole incident was captured on his body-worn camera".


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Bolide over Cádiz and Málaga, Spain (April 20th)

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This bolide was spotted over the south of Spain on 20 April 2021, at about 0:35local time (equivalent to 22:35universal time on 19 April). The event was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 61,000 km / h.

The fireball began at an altitude of about 88 km over the south of the province of Cádiz, overflew the western area of ​​the province of Málaga, and ended at a height of around 37 km over the east of the province of Cádiz. This bright 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), and La Sagra (Granada).

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).0:35.(Spanish peninsular local time). It could be seen from the southern and central areas of the country.


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Fireball spotted above Bournemouth, UK

Fireball spotted above Bournemouth in early hours of this morning

Fireball spotted above Bournemouth in early hours of this morning
FOOTAGE has emerged of a fireball which shot across the sky over Bournemouth in the early hours of this morning.

The incredible sight was recorded at 12.56am by Beswick Avenue resident Tina Williams, 56, who has CCTV installed outside of her apartment.

Video from Tina's CCTV camera captured the moment and can be watched below.

Tina has been "blown away" by the footage.

She said: "I was staying at my boyfriend Lee's place in West Howe when it happened. Lee got up this morning to have a look at my apartment's CCTV footage and when he was watching it, he saw the bright light that appeared.


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Meteor fireball blazes over Ohio

Meteor fireball over Ohio
© YouTube/Fix It Broken (screen capture)
Event recorded on: 2021/04/19 01:22:40 am


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The amazing 'fireballs' over North Wales which have left plenty of people puzzled

Fireball effect in the sky over Rhyl
© Ray Worsnop
Fireball effect in the sky over Rhyl
The fireball effect was seen by people from different parts of the coast and could be seen clearer in some places

People in North Wales have captured this amazing "fireball" effect on camera after spotting the phenomenon in the sky.

Many thought it looked like a comet or solar flare, while others speculated that it might have been visitors from another planet.

Ray Worsnop, a freelance photographer, was able to photograph the phenomenon from his home in Rhyl and posted it on social media.

He wrote: "HELP. Did anyone else witness this as the Sun was setting tonight 16th April 2021? Can anyone explain this please?"