In the last few days, large fireballs disintegrated in loud sonic booms rattling homes of baffled people. What’s going on in the sky?
Bright fireball lights up the night sky over Perth, Western Australia
A mysterious flash of light which lit up Western Australia’s dark skies on August 28, 2018. One Twitter user claimed that the light came through blue and went bright white before hitting the ground and exploding.
Another said she caught a glimpse of it and that it seemed much brighter and ‘red/orange-er than any meteor I’ve ever seen.’
and here in slow motion:
Other locals reported hearing a loud bang, shaking windows and a bright light. Looks like a fireball to me – Daily Mail
‘Sonic boom’, falling meteor startles Canterbury, New Zealand residents
North Cantabrians were treated to an atmospheric spectacle on August 27, 2018, when a rumbling meteor burned across the evening sky in loud booms and rumblings, like an earthquake.
There have been reports of sightings from Kaiapoi and Rangiora. Amanda Coster saw an orange object “burning up and coming down” in the sky, heading towards Mt Gray. – Newstalk ZB
Brilliant but slow meteor over St. Louis, Missouri
Residents in Missouri and Illinois reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky on August 27, 2018. The spaced rock burned in the atmosphere, slowly crossed the low horizon and even stuttered a bit in its trajectory as it went beyond the horizon.
According to the American Meteor Society received more than 200 reports from Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Indiana. – KMOV
Bright fireball rattles Sabah residents in loud explosion (Malaysia)
Mystery surrounded a loud booming sound that was followed by tremors seen and felt in some parts of West Coast Sabah on August 20, 2018, at about 11.35pm creating fears for thousands of residents of Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Tuaran, Sepanggar and Kota Kinabalu.
Sabah Meteorological Department director Azemi Daud said it was likely that the explosion was caused by a shooting star or meteor shower, although he was unable to pinpoint the location of the incident.
Very bright meteor fireball with sonic boom lights up Alabama sky
A very bright fireball lit up the sky over Alabama at 12:19 a.m. CDT, on August 17, 2018. The fireball was described as at least 40 times as bright as the Full Moon and was moving northwest at 53,700 miles per hour and fragmented about 18 miles above the small town of Grove Oak.
Early results indicate the space rock was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet in diameter. – AL
And here some reports of mysterious booms rattling homes and towns… Most probably related to meteor fireball sonic booms, isn’t it?
Mysterious boom felt across Twin Lakes Area of Arkansas
A loud explosion was heard and felt just after 2:30 p.m. on August 27, 2018 across the Twin Lakes Area from Melbourne, Calico Rock, Norfork, Mountain Home, Marion County to rural Baxter County. But there was no earthquakes and no weather events can produce such a noise over such a large area.
In June, a similar loud boom was heard across the Twin Lakes Area and adjacent places. A sonic boom from a passing plane? Or a Chelyabinsk-like meteor in the sky? – Baxter Bulletin
Unexplained boom rocks homes in Gatesville, Texas
Something exploded somewhere on August 17, 2018, at around 9:45 a.m., that that rocked the Coryell Courthouse in Gatesville, shook homes, and broke out some windows, but authorities have been unable to locate the source yet. Some residents also reported hearing a second loud explosion at around 2:40 p.m. Friday. Again during the day! Really weird! – KWTX
Loud boom reported across Canberra, Australia remains a mystery
Hundreds of people reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, described as “a huge echoing boom”, somewhere around Holt about 9.03pm on August 12, 2018. Many said it shook their houses, while others described seeing an orange flash at the same time and shared images from their CCTV cameras.
While there is no shortage of reports, there are so far no answers on what caused the mysterious bang. Police were unable to determine the noise source. – The Canberra Times
The sky is on fire!