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Bright fireball explodes over Michigan, USGS registers it as M2.0 earthquake

A very bright fireball illuminated the sky over Michigan, US at 01:11 UTC on January 17, 2018 (20:11 EST, January 16) and was followed by a sonic boom heard over a wide area. The USGS registered it as M2.0 earthquake just north of Detroit, Michigan. The American...

January 17, 2018

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Very bright flash over thousands of kilometers, ground-shaking explosion, Russia

A very bright flash was seen over thousands of kilometers over Russia around 00:22 local time January 7, 2018 (20:22 UTC, January 6). The flash was followed by a ground-shaking explosion. According to witness reports, the explosion was centered west the Ural...

January 09, 2018

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Large asteroid 2018 AH flew past Earth at 0.77 LD, 2 days before discovery

A relatively large newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 AH flew past Earth at 0.77 LD / 0.00199 AU (~297 699 km / 184 982 miles) on January 2, 2018. This is the 1st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD this year, 54th since January 1, 2017 and the largest...

January 08, 2018

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Nice Quadrantid fireball over Spain

This stunning Quadrantid meteor was spotted over Spain at 00:42 UTC on January 4, 2018 (01:42 local time), during the peak activity of this meteor shower. The event lasted about 6 seconds before the object disintegrated. The meteor overflew the Mediterranean Sea. It...

January 06, 2018

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Brilliant blue-green fireball explodes over Minnesota, Manitoba and Ontario

A very bright blue-green fireball exploded above Minnesota, Manitoba and Ontario border region at 03:24 UTC on January 4, 2018 (21:24 CST, January 3). The event lasted several seconds and was followed by a sonic boom. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 338...

January 05, 2018

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Quadrantid meteor shower reaches its peak

A major meteor shower is peaking January 3/4 with a potential to produce 50 - 100 meteors at its peak, up to 200 in perfect conditions. However, this assumes moonless dark skies and a right spot at the right time. While some shooting stars associated with...

January 03, 2018

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Very bright slow-moving fireball over the United Kingdom, over 800 reports

A very large, slow-moving fireball meteor was observed over the United Kingdom at 17:33 UTC on December 31, 2017. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received over 400 reports within 2 hours and the count now stands at 801. The event was as seen from...

January 02, 2018

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Night sky guide for January 2018 - Supermoon, Quadrantids, Blue Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

A Full Moon Supermoon will take place early January 2 (UTC), Earth will reach perihelion (closest point to the Sun) on January 3 and Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak on January 4th. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and...

January 01, 2018

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Asteroid 2017 YE7 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD on December 30

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 YE7 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00206 AU (~308 171 km / 191 488 miles) on December 30, 2017. This asteroid was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on December 28, two days before its close approach. It belongs to the...

December 31, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 YZ4 to flyby Earth at 0.58 LD on December 28

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 YZ4 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.00150 AU or 0.58 LD (~224 396 km / 139 433 miles) on December 28, 2017. This is the first known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since November 21 and the 52nd this...

December 27, 2017

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Christmas star: Beautiful slow-moving meteor recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

A slow-moving meteor was observed and recorded falling over the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday, December 23, 2017. The event lasted about 14 seconds before the object disintegrated in a bright flash. "This beautiful meteor, which resembles a Christmas star, was...

December 24, 2017

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Very bright fireball over central Finland, sonic boom reported

A very bright fireball streaked across the sky over Finland around 18:06 UTC (20:06 local time) on Friday, December 22, 2017. The phenomenon was visible on the northernmost side of Lapp and southernmost coast of Finland. Experts said fireballs as bright and...

December 24, 2017

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Bright fireball explodes over southern Norway

A bright fireball lit up the sky over southern Norway at 16:37 UTC on December 18, 2017 and was registered by cameras of the Norwegian Meteor Network through the cloudy skies. Analysis of videos recorded by the network and residents shows that the meteor started at...

December 21, 2017

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Bright fireball over Lake Michigan, Wisconsin

A bright fireball lit up the night sky over Lake Michigan at 05:53 UTC on December 19, 2017 (23:53 CST, December 18). The event lasted several seconds. The American Meteor Organization (AMO) received 61 reports. The fireball was seen over Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio,...

December 20, 2017

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Fireball recorded blasting above Sochi, Russia

A bright meteor was captured streaking through the night sky over Sochi, Russia on Friday, December 15, 2017. Alexander Ivanov, head of the Kuban University laboratory of astrophysics, said the object was the size of a soccer ball, adding that it burned down 20 km...

December 18, 2017

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Loud explosion shakes houses as meteorite hits Thunder Bay, Ontario

A loud explosion that shook houses in Ontario's Thunder Bay, Canada late Wednesday, December 13, 2017 appears to be caused by a meteorite that hit the ground near Highway 61, creating a 75 cm (30 inches) wide crater. The loud boom could be indicative of a larger...

December 14, 2017

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Geminids: The king of meteor showers peaks December 13 and 14

Geminids meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13 and the morning of December 14th, 2017. This is a major (Class I) meteor shower producing up to 120 meteors per hour, some of them bright enough to be classified as fireballs. Since the Moon will be 26 days...

December 12, 2017