Dazzling Meteor Fireball Streaks Across the Sky in Northern Russia [VIDEO]
A dazzling fireball lit the sky in northern Russia, Saturday. Dashcams on streets captured the bright blue trail of light in the dark sky before it exploded mid-air.
The locals of northwestern Russian city of Murmansk witnessed a flash that lit up the sky as a meteor slammed into the atmosphere and exploded. The explosion of the fireball was similar to the meteor that exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk last February, but harmless. Luckily, the impact of this fireball was not as dramatic as last year.
According to the Russian Times, several drivers with dashcams out on the street reported seeing a bright blue trail of light at 2.10 a.m. on Saturday. The first witnesses of this fireball identified the strange object as a meteorite and some argued that the object was cosmic debris re-entering the atmosphere, but officials have yet to declare the authenticity of the object.
"Visually, it's a bright one, but not unusually bright," NBC News space analyst James Oberg said.
This meteor did not trigger any large scale damage like the chelyabinsk meteor. An online report from Russia's LifeNews channel confirmed that they did not receive any alarm calls regarding any accidents due to the Saturday meteor.
An astronomer Viktor Troshenkov suspects the fireball to be a part of the Lyrid meteor showed that will enter its peak this week,reports NBC News.
A report by iO9.com even suggested that videos depicting the fireball were sham. According to the American Meteor Society, it is a rare event when a meteor makes it to the Earth's surface. About 99.99 percent of meteors totally disintegrate before touching the Earth's surface.
Take a look at the Saturday Fireball posted by Russia today.