Meteor “as bright as the full moon” caught on camera in Japan

A brightly burning meteor was seen plunging from the sky in wide areas of Japan, capturing attention on television and social media. The meteor glowed strongly as it rapidly descended through the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday.

Many people in western Japan reported on social media seeing the rare sight. NHK public television said its cameras in the central prefectures of Aichi, Mie and elsewhere captured the fireball in the southern sky.

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A camera at Nagoya port showed the meteor shining as brightly as it neared the Earth, the Asahi newspaper reported.

Some experts said small fragments of the meteorite might have reached the ground.

“We believe the last burst of light was as bright as the full moon,” Takeshi Inoue, director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium, told Kyodo news agency.

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A meteor falls in Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan November 29, 2020 in this still
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Astronomer captures 1st known photo of a meteor

On Nov. 27, 1885, an astronomer made the first known photograph of a meteor. 

a star in the middle of the night sky: Brian Emfinger took this photograph on Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark, Arkansas. He said: The radiant is very, very close to the Quadrantid but I'm not 100% sure it is indeed a Quadrantid.

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Brian Emfinger took this photograph on Jan. 2, 2012, in Ozark, Arkansas. He said: The radiant is very, very close to the Quadrantid but I’m not 100% sure it is indeed a Quadrantid.

The picture was taken by Austro-Hungarian astronomer Ladislaus Weinek. He captured the trail of the meteor on a photographic plate in the Czech Republic. 

The meteor he captured was part of the Andromedid meteor shower. The Andromedids were associated with Biela’s Comet, which broke apart in the 1850s. 

When Weinek observed the meteor shower in 1885, it was in the middle of a meteor storm. This means that there were way more meteors than usual. Skywatchers could see thousands of meteors per hour. 

What used to be a spectacular annual meteor shower is now hardly even visible. Instead of

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Ship Camera Captures Meteor Breaking Up Over Ocean [VIDEO]


  • A research vessel’s livestream camera captured the moment a meteor broke apart 
  • The ship’s voyage manager noted how fortunate it was that they documented the event
  • Such meteors tend to go unnoticed because they often happen in unpopulated places

An Australian science vessel was “in the right place at the right time” to film a meteor breaking apart over the ocean.

The RV Investigator research vessel of Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), was off the coast of Tasmania on Wednesday when the bridge crew witnessed an “extremely bright meteor” crossing the sky then exploding over the ocean, the news release from CSIRO explained. According to the agency, the meteor was bright green in color and was fortunately caught on camera by the vessel’s 24/7 livestream camera.

“It’s cloudy with a chance of *checks notes* meteors?” CSIRO said on Twitter, where it shared

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The Leonid meteor shower of 2020 peaks tonight! Here’s what to expect.

One of the most famous annual meteor showers is reaching its peak — the Leonids. These ultrafast meteors are due to crest overnight tonight and into early Tuesday morning (Nov. 16-17).  

The Leonids are known for producing some of the most amazing meteor displays in the annals of astronomy. Most notable are meteor storms in 1799, 1833 and 1966, when meteor rates of tens of thousands per hour were observed. More recently, in 1999, 2001 and 2002, lesser Leonid displays of “only” a few thousand meteors per hour took place.

Unfortunately, those turn-of-the-century showers gave some skywatchers the impression that they could expect a similar occurrence of celestial fireworks from the Leonids every year. So, it is important to stress at the outset that any suggestion of a spectacular meteor Leonid display this year is, to put it mildly, overly optimistic.

Leonid meteor shower 2020: When, where & how

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Taurid Meteor Shower Should Be Visible To Some This Veteran’s Day


  • The meteor shower may be debris from a comet
  • There are actually two of them; a southern and northern meteor shower
  • Halloween’s Blue Moon made it tough to see the early start

A brilliant Halloween moon outshined the performance of this year’s Taurid meteor show, but you may get a good peek at it this Veteran’s Day.

The Taurid meteor shower is one of the longest to make a regular pass by Planet Earth. Some meteors were visible as early as last month in the month-long show. This year, however, the night-time sky in October was illuminated by a so-called Blue Moon, a one-extra full moon from the regular 12 in a calendar year. That makes this Veteran’s Day is one of the best chances to see the shooting stars.

“The overnight hours of Nov. 11 into the morning hours of Nov. 12 is probably the best night

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Two meteor showers are bringing shooting stars and fireballs to the night sky this week

Between coronavirus, wildfires and the presidential election, 2020 has been an overwhelming year. But it has also brought breathtaking celestial activity, including a once-in-a-lifetime comet, a close approach with Mars and countless meteor showers. 

November is no exception, as the Leonid and Taurid meteor showers promise to light up the night sky with shooting stars and bright fireballs. In addition, November also brings a supermoon, as well as the infamous cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. 

What are the Leonids and the Taurids? 

The Leonids is a major meteor shower that lights up the sky every year from November 6 to November 30. The shower brings bright, colorful meteors that travel at speeds of 44 miles per second — some of the fastest all year, according to NASA.

Leonids are famous for their fireballs and Earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are massive explosions of light and color, longer than an

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Northern Taurid meteor shower peaks this week

The Northern Taurid meteor showers have been spotted in the sky since October, but the annual shower will peak on November 11 and 12, according to the American Meteor Society.
During this time, Earth will be going through the densest part of the debris stream of comet 2P/Encke, the celestial body giving rise to the Northern Taurid showers, according to Bill Cooke Jr., who heads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.

Stargazers can expect to see about five fireballs per hour during those peak nights, Cooke said. Despite the fiery name, fireballs are perfectly safe to view and will not hurt anyone.

Fireballs are meteors that shine brighter than the planet Venus, which is the brightest object in the night sky after the moon, Cooke said. They tend to last for about a second or two, compared to the average meteor, which tends to last less than half a second, said Robert … Read More

Watch the fireball-fueled Northern Taurid meteor shower peak this week


A Taurid fireball captured in 2015. 

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One of the most explosive meteor showers of the year is active and set to hit an apex of activity soon, which is good news if you’re into seeing a little fire in the sky. 

The Southern Taurid and Northern Taurid showers are active now and tend to produce a lot of sizzle in the form of fireballs that light up the skies. The Southern Taurid branch has already peaked, but can continue to contribute to the overall fireball count. The Northern Taurids are expected to reach maximum activity Wednesday night and into the following morning, according to the American Meteor Society, or AMS.    

The Taurids are produced when Earth drifts through a cloud of debris left behind by Comet 2P/Encke around this time

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

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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 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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The Orionid meteor is fading but still worth checking out. Here’s how


Halley’s Comet in 1986.


Look up skywatchers. The Orionid meteor shower officially peaked last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but it should still be worth getting up early for this week. The American Meteor Society forecasts that a handful of meteors or more per hour should be visible.

The Orionids are considered a major meteor shower based on the amount of visible meteors that can be seen racing toward inevitable doom during its active period, which runs roughly from the first week of October to the first week of November.  

The Orionids are really just bits of dust and debris left behind from famed Comet Halley on its previous trips through the inner solar system. As our planet drifts through the cloud of comet detritus each year around this time, all that cosmic gravel

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