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Possible meteor seen exploding in sky in Turkey

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 28, 2020
On the evening of 27 May, residents of northern Turkey were treated to a spectacular light show. Videos on social media show what appears to be a meteor streaking across the sky, before exploding in the air with a thunderous boom.
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Turkish news website Daily Sabah reports that a "ball of light" was visible in several provinces at around 8:30 pm local time, including Artvin, Erzurum, Sivas, Tuncel and Ardahan. Social media videos also show the fireball as seen from Erzincan and Trabzon.

Topics: Turkey

It's an amazing sight, filmed from multiple angles, clearly showing that the object exploded at a significant altitude. It's not yet confirmed that the object was a meteor, but news outlet Hürriyet reports that meteorologists have assessed it as what we'd expect from a "meteor shower".

In addition, this behaviour is extremely consistent with space rocks that have the misfortune to enter Earth's atmosphere. That's because most meteors that reach our planet's atmosphere don't actually make it to the ground.