In some parts of western and central Japan, a fireball falling from the night sky ignited social media, with users sharing pictures of an unusually bright shooting star.
According to a report on NDTV, local media said on Sunday that the fireball was believed to be a bolide – a very bright meteor exploding in the atmosphere.
“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.
In a video tweeted by a Japanese public broadcaster, the sky is shining in Japan, including the cities of Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Shizuka and Okayama.
Those in the vast regions of Japan were taken to a beautiful light show on Sunday morning, thanks to what is believed to be a meteor shower. pic.twitter.com/r0HfI082SK
– NHKWorld News (@NHKWORLD_News) November 30, 2020
Fireball was visible for a few seconds on Sunday morning, but it was captured on cameras owned by national broadcaster NHK – which captures more seismic activity than alien light shows.
– UXCTO (Sylvain Ritter) (yl Sylvain Writer) November 29, 2020
See more as the meteor fires through the sky and then disappears.
– NHK News (hnhk_news) November 28, 2020
News agency Reuters also posted a dashcom video featuring the rare phenomenon.
Dashcom captures footage of a meteor shower in Japan pic.twitter.com/5dSKfwFI0o
– Reuters (e Reuters) November 30, 2020
A similarly bright shooting star was discovered in Tokyo in July and later identified as a meteorite, fragments of which were found in neighboring Chiba Prefecture.
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