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fireball,

very bright meteormeteor,
appearance of a small particle flying through space that interacts with the earth's upper atmosphere. While still outside the atmosphere, the particle is known as a meteoroid. Countless meteoroids of varying sizes are moving about the solar system at any time.
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 leaving a trail in the sky that can remain visible for several minutes; often a distinct sound, perhaps caused by very low frequency radio waves, is associated with it. A bolide (bō`līd) is a fireball that explodes in the air because of thermal stresses created when it passes through the earth's atmosphere.
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fireball

A bright visual meteor of magnitude greater than –10. About 50 000 to 100 000 occur in the Earth's atmosphere each year.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

fireball

[′fīr‚bȯl]
(astronomy)
A bright meteor with luminosity equal to or exceeding that of the brightest planets.
(nucleonics)
The luminous sphere of hot gases that forms a few millionths of a second after a nuclear explosion.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fireball

1. a ball-shaped discharge of lightning
2. the bright spherical region of hot ionized gas at the centre of a nuclear explosion
3. Astronomy another name for bolide
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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According to the non-profit organization (https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2019/4177) American Meteor Society (AMS), several eyewitnesses from New York reported a fireball event on Sept.
But more information is needed to plot the fireball's precise course and discover exactly where in space it came from.
A second fireball sighting came at 7.12am on Saturday (November 25).
Caption: A dazzling Taurid fireball streaked down to the left of Fomalhaut while Marko Korosec had his camera open to the sky over Brkini, Slovenia, early on the evening of October 30, 2015.
Dedicated cameras set up by astronomers across the country routinely survey the sky for these bright fireball meteors every night of the year.
Case said 'I was showing some craters on the Moon, when we suddenly saw a fairly bright fireball at 16h10.
An unexpected highlight of the past session was the remarkably slow-moving, brilliant fragmenting fireball that was observed by hundreds of people across northern Europe at 21:55 UTC on Friday, 2012 September 21, a high concentration of the observations coming from northern England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On Friday, the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland also reported receiving calls describing what appeared to be a fireball flying west around 8 p.m.
One of them gifted her with essential information about the beginning of the universe 13.7 billion years ago, when it flared forth from a minuscule speck of energy into a vast fireball.
The company also does smouldering chocolate fireballs, which contain a milder Jalapeno chilli "for novices", but the creamy Champagne and orange filling still packs quite a punch.
Two fireballs appear at the moment of impact, then there is smoke and a shower of debris.