Shiny burningFalling from the sky over vast areas of Japan caught the attention of television and social media. The meteor shower was strongest as it descended rapidly through the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday.
Many people in western Japan reported on social media that they had seen the rare sight. NHK Public Television reported that cameras in central prefects in Ichi, Mi and elsewhere captured fireballs in the southern skies.
The Asahi newspaper reported that a camera at the port of Nagoya showed the meteorite glowing as it approached the ground.
Some experts have suggested that small fragments of the meteorite may have reached Earth.
“We believe the last eruption of light is as bright as the full moon,” Takeshi Ino, director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium, told the Kyodo news agency.
Fireball was visible for a few seconds on Sunday morning, but it was captured on NHK-owned cameras – which recorded more seismic activity than alien light shows.
One Twitter user who saw the fireball said, “The sky lit up for a moment, I felt weird,” “I felt the power of the universe!”
“Was it a fireball? I thought it was the end of the world …” Another said, tweeting a video of the meteorite being captured while driving.
A similarly bright shooting star was spotted in Tokyo in July and later identified as a meteorite, fragments of which were found in neighboring Chiba Prefecture.
AFP contributed to this report.
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