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Thailand dashcam captures meteorite fireball streak across the sky

Andrea on September 19, 2015 - 11:40 am in Science

 

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Many morning commuters in Bangkok were able to capture an extraordinary event with their dashcams: a falling meteor. Lucky for us, the people in Thailand didn’t celebrate Labor Day on Monday.The flash of light came around 8:45AM when a ball of fire came crashing straight down to Earth, leaving a trail of white smoke in its wake. Motorists reported hearing no sound coming from the fiery falling object, however, residents in the Sisawat district of Kanchanaburi province (around 124 miles from Bangkok) did. Reports say the sighting was followed up by a thunderous boom.Social media saw an influx of these dashcam videos from various angles and distances.

From a bike:

And from a car:

Experts confirmed that the object they saw falling was likely a meteor. “There is a high possibility that the object spotted this morning… on social media, is an object from outer space,” Saran Poshyachinda, Deputy Director of National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, told CNN.

Voravit Tanvuttibundit, an advisor to the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand echoed Poshyachinda’s assessment in a statement to the AFP: “It was a meteor for sure, I am confident, because it was fast and very bright.”

Poshyachinda estimates that the burn-up happened about 62 miles above ground and the falling object being quite small, only weighing “about a few kilograms.” Others believe it could have been some space junk burning up upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Though for some, the fiery ball crashing towards Earth was more than a once-in-a-lifetime event. Some have taken to social media, talking about how the meteor is a bad omen. “It was a bad sign showing the country and the government is in chaos,” Facebook user Dilok Jantaradilok wrote.

Source: Science – Geek.com

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