Near-Earth objects and close calls

Puma

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Puma

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Fireballs over Japan

This is a view of the fireball that drifted at 0:25:10 on July 6, 2022, as captured by a wide-angle camera pointed north from Fuji. It left a green meteor trail. No simultaneous observation was established at Hiratsuka due to bad weather.

Hiratsuka has had clear days since the end of the rainy season, and bright meteors and fireballs have been streaming every night. This is a view of a fireball streaming at 19:33:0 on July 1, 2022, captured by a camera pointed at the western sky from my house in Hiratsuka. It streamed through the still bright evening sky. Fuji due to bad weather conditions, simultaneous observation was not established.
 

Puma

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People of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico reported the sighting of what appears to be a meteorite, crossing the night sky of Monterrey.

Fireball over Japan
This is a wide-angle camera view of the Long Path Meteor at 10:42:13 p.m. on July 5, 2022, from Fuji, Japan. No simultaneous observation was established in Hiratsuka due to bad weather.

#NewZealand: footage captures meteor explosion over #Wellington, lighting up the sky and rattling houses.. according to eyewitness reports..

Reports of fireball in Wellington, New Zealand, shaking houses with loud explosion, this Thursday, July 07, 2022.

Dozens of people have posted reports on social media of seeing a large "meteor-like" object falling from the sky around the lower North Island.
 

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#NewZealand: footage captures meteor explosion over #Wellington, lighting up the sky and rattling houses.. according to eyewitness reports..

Here's an interesting report on the event from The Guardian, with the underlined of particular note (imo):


Full article:

Reports of fireball over New Zealand in what scientists think was rare daytime meteor​

People across the North Island flooded social media with reports of the object, with some describing the sound as being like an earthquake


New Zealanders across the North Island have reported rumbling, crackling sounds, a fireball and a huge flash of light streaking across the sky on Thursday afternoon, in what scientists believe was likely a meteor.

Local media outlets and social media were flooded with reports and queries about the sight, with some witnesses describing rumbles, bangs, a crackling sound in their ears, hair standing on end, rattling windows or a streak or explosion of light, followed by a smoke trail.

Seismologists at Geonet picked up a presumed sound wave from the object, and weather scientists for Metservice believe they picked up the object – or its smoke trail – on radar.

Plumber Curtis Powell captured the phenomenon on his dashcam while driving north of Shannon at 1.39pm on Thursday.

“We were just driving to a job in Shannon when I saw a blue line falling in the sky, then a massive bright light,” he said. “Realised my dashcam was recording and downloaded the video – once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.”

On social media, people shared photos and swapped stories of their sightings. “I’m so glad someone caught it … I thought I was hallucinating,” said one commenter.

A number of people mistook the rumbling sound for an earthquake.

“We thought it was an earthquake, but it didn’t sound right, more like a large heavy truck, with a beat, but there were no trucks near our house at the time. The house vibrated slightly too,” one Twitter user said.

Dr Duncan Steel, a Wellington-based space scientist who has worked for Nasa, said the object was likely a piece of meteor – and to see one in the daytime was a rare experience.

“In my lifetime I’ve only ever seen one daytime meteor. They are due to macrometeoroids in the atmosphere coming in very quickly, typically 30km per second. To be seen during the daytime it would need to be quite large, something the size of a rugby ball or bigger – that’s what makes them rare,” he said.


Some eyewitnesses described hearing crackling as the object moved through the sky, in what Steel said was likely “electrophonic sound”. Allan Gilmore of Canterbury University’s Mt John Observatory said in a radio interview that meteors, and their accompanying electrical charge, could cause some people’s hair to stand on end.

“People with frizzy hair often hear it, while the people who don’t have frizzy hair don’t hear it,” Gilmore said.


Dr Ian Griffin, the director of the Otago Museum, urged members of the public to keep any photos or videos. “We might be able to use them to triangulate the position of the thing, and where it landed – if it did land,” he said.

“It may be quite scientifically important to retrieve … meteorites in this country are quite rare so actually getting one would be quite cool.”
 

Puma

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Fireball over Santiago de Chile

Specifically, the event was recorded by Ledrium's cameras, located in Peñalolén Sur, as well as in Farellones and Talcahuano.

At 5:43 a.m. this Thursday morning, the fall of a meteor that disintegrated before touching the ground was captured by different cameras located in the central area of Chile
https://m.elmostrador.cl/noticias/p...un-meteoro-en-distintas-localidades-de-chile/
 

Ocean

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Sighting comes 23 years after country’s last meteor on 7 July 1999​

Wellington residents stunned as ‘rare’ large meteor tears through the sky​



Residents of North Island in Wellington, New Zealand, were amazed on Thursday after they saw a large meteor in the skies above them.

The meteor, which was around 1m wide, was sighted at 1.52pm. Residents said they saw a flash, and heard big booms and faint rumbling sounds, reported RNZ.
 

dredger

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Found this on telegram.
I'm not sure it's the right thread as there's no evidence that this was caused by the fall of a meteor, it's impressive. If not a meteor, what else could it be then ? It hapened near Detroit the 7th July - small clip can be viewed (and heard) from the browser :
 

Puma

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#Hungary: A bright meteor crossed the southwestern sky shortly before four o'clock this Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

 

Voyageur

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One to keep an eye on: NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was hit by a micrometeoroid that was much larger than they'd modeled for, and it struck earlier than they had expected (6 months after launch).

In addition it sounds like it might send back some pretty nifty images come July 12th.

There have been some striking images being shown recently in comparison to Hubble (the link has a split movable screen - see green tab on the photo):

Webb vs Hubble - SMACS 0723 Galaxy Cluster​


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