Meteor Fireball Whooshes Across Atlantic Night Sky

Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

Video Credit: CEN/@profjung

This is the incredible moment a meteor lights up the night sky as it whooshes over the Atlantic Ocean in a huge ball of flames after entering the atmosphere at 75,926 mph.

The startling incident was recorded by a CCTV camera in the municipality of Taquara in the Metropolitan Region of the city of Porto Alegre in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

In the video, a small fireball, reportedly a meteor, can be seen falling across the sky when it suddenly erupts into a bright flash of fire.

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Picture Credits: CEN/@profjung

Local media report the Scientific Director of the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network (BRAMON), Carlos Fernando Jung, managed to capture the images.

Jung told local media that the object entered the atmosphere at 122,200 kph (75,926 mph) and from there began losing strength.

The expert calculated that the meteor was extinguished at an altitude of 36 kilometres (22 miles) without causing any damage.

He added: “It weighed 12 kilogrammes (26 lbs) when it entered the atmosphere, with time its mass reduced until the fragments were minimal. The object was totally expended on its atmospheric journey, around 145 kilometres (90 miles) over the sea on the coast of Rio Grande do Sul.”

Jung said that the network of volunteers at BRAMON are each responsible for recording the skies of certain areas of the country 24 hours a day.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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