Bright Fireball Lights Up Night Sky In Japan Over The Weekend [VIDEO]

KEY POINTS

  • A bright fireball was spotted in western Japan, on Sunday
  • Several cameras captured the moment that the bolide illuminated the surroundings
  • The event was reportedly seen in various regions in Western and Central Japan

A fireball event was spotted in Japan over the weekend. The event was so bright that it momentarily lit up the night sky. 

A bright fireball was spotted at about 1:34 a.m. local time, Sunday in western Japan. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), witnesses said that there was a “rumbling noise” then the sky went “totally bright.”

In the video shared by Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK on Twitter, a bright greenish ball can be seen streaming in the sky at various locations. It can be seen falling for a few seconds before illuminating the night sky for a brief moment then fizzling out in an instant. 

A video shared by

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Werner Herzog’s new film, ‘Fireball,’ explores the power and mystery of meteorites



Simon Schaffer, Clive Oppenheimer standing in a field: British volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer speaks with Professor Simon Schaffer about the Ensisheim meteorite in "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds." Courtesy of Apple TV+


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British volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer speaks with Professor Simon Schaffer about the Ensisheim meteorite in “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds.” Courtesy of Apple TV+

  • “Fireball,” a new documentary about meteors directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, premiered Friday on Apple TV+. 
  • The documentary explores the role that space rocks have played in shaping the world’s history.
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On November 7, 1492, a fiery space rock whistled through the sky. It rocketed into a wheat field near the town of Ensisheim, in modern-day France, punching a hole 3 feet deep into the soil. A young boy was its only witness, according to historical accounts. 

Ensisheim at that point was the headquarters of Austrian troops. Just weeks after the meteor’s arrival, the Austrian military commander, King Maximilian, came to the town on his way to battle the French. Upon learning about

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You Might See a Fireball in the Sky This Week Thanks to the Taurid Meteor Showers

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Photo credit: Barcroft Media – Getty Images

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Between a “ring of fire” solar eclipse, a surprise comet, and a rare blue moon, this year has been full of incredible celestial events. This week, you’ll have another reason to look up at the sky because the Taurid meteor showers could bring fireballs, which is an astronomical term for really bright meteors.

What Are the Taurids?

Split into the Northern Taurids and the Southern Taurids, the Taurids are created by a stream of debris left by Comet Encke entering the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Space.com. Taurid debris streams contain larger meteors than others and they possess a lot of energy. So while they don’t have a high number of meteors (aka shooting stars), the North and South Taurid meteor showers do have a high percentage of fireballs.

When Do the Taurids Peak?

The Taurids started appearing in the night

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Pristine ‘fireball’ meteorite contains extraterrestrial organic compounds

Meteorites are little bundles of scientific evidence, holding secrets to deep space and how life was seeded on Earth. The problem is, it’s rare that they’re actually recovered before they are contaminated by liquid water and terrestrial microbes, rendering them far less useful. So when a meteorite fell on a frozen lake in Hamburg, Michigan in early 2018 and was recovered within two days by a meteorite hunter who then brought it to the Field Museum in Chicago, scientists were intrigued. They flocked to the museum to study the unusually pristine specimen.



a star in the sky: The meteorite was recovered from a frozen lake in Hamburg, Michigan in January 2018.


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The meteorite was recovered from a frozen lake in Hamburg, Michigan in January 2018.

A study published Tuesday in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science takes a look at that space rock, identifying 2600 organic compounds and dating the material to 4.5 billion years old. The work was a collaboration between 29 scientists

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Pristine extraterrestrial organic compounds recovered from fallen fireball

Oct. 27 (UPI) — On a cold winter night in 2018, when a fireball streaked across the skies above Canada and the Midwest, a team of meteor hunters turned to weather radar to pinpoint its likely landing spot.

The fireball had come to rest on a frozen lake in Michigan. Researchers raced to find it and, amazingly, they were able to collect remnants of the meteorite before its contents were tainted by exposure to Earthbound water molecules.

In a study published Tuesday in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science, scientists shared their analysis of pristine organic compounds recovered from the fallen space rock.

“We could see the minerals weren’t much altered and later found that it contained a rich inventory of extraterrestrial organic compounds,” lead study author Philipp Heck said in a news release.

“These kinds of organic compounds were likely delivered to the early Earth by meteorites and might

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