Huge meteor lines across Japan illuminate the night sky for miles upon miles
- Bright burning meteors were seen sinking from the sky across Japan on Sunday
- The meteorite is thought to be a balloon, a very bright fireball that explodes.
- Many people in western Japan saw this rare sight on social media, which lasted a few seconds.
A vast meteor was seen sinking from the sky over vast areas of Japan, drawing attention on television and social media.
The meteor flashed brightly as it descended over the Earth’s atmosphere early Sunday.
Many people in western Japan saw this rare sight on social media, which lasted a few seconds.
Local media reported that the fireball is thought to be a boloid, an extremely bright meteor that explodes in the atmosphere.
Bolide is a special type of fireball that often explodes in a bright terminal flash at the end with visible scattering.
Dash-cam footage shows a meteor hitting the Earth’s atmosphere in Tatsuno, western Japan, on November 29th.
NHK reported on public television that its cameras in central prefectures in Aichi, Mai and elsewhere have caught fire in the southern sky.
A camera in the port of Nagoya shows the meteor shining brightly like a full moon as it approaches Earth, Asahi newspaper reported.
Some experts say that small pieces of meteorites have probably reached the ground.
‘The sky lit up for a moment and I felt weird because it couldn’t be lightning,’ said a Twitter user who watched the fireball. ‘I have felt the power of the universe!’
‘Was that a fireball? I thought it was the end of the world … ‘Another tweeted a video of a meteorite caught while driving.
Dashcom footage showed a bright meteor (center top) in Tokushima prefecture, which is thought to be Bolid
Dashcom footage from Tokushima prefecture shows bright meteors (top of center) sinking from the night sky
A similar bright shooting star was spotted over Tokyo in July and was later identified as a meteorite, fragments of which were found in neighboring Chiba prefecture.
Meteors are bits of rock and ice coming out of a comet as they orbit the sun.
When a meteorite enters the Earth’s upper atmosphere, it heats up due to friction from the air. The heat causes the gases around the meteorite to glow brightly and a meteorite appears.
Fireballing is a rare occurrence – the lion’s share of these meteorites occur in oceans and deserts.
There is also a small possibility of detecting fireballs that occur at night because very few people notice them.