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WATCH: 'Fireball meteor' lights up Bangkok's skies

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 05/11/2015 | 12:51

The fireball meteor blazed across the night sky
Credit: YouTube/rookee deedee
The fireball meteor blazed across the night sky Credit: YouTube/rookee deedee

Bangkok's skies were spectacularly illuminated by a green “fireball” meteor which zipped across the horizon on Tuesday night.

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A driver's dashboard camera recorded the amazing spectacle which scientists say was part of the annual Taurid meteor shower and is visible at various points across the globe.

 

 

Another dash-cam captured the display from a different but equally stunning angle.

 

 

Similar sights were reported in Poland and in parts of the US.

Fireballs are defined as meteors which are brighter than the planet Venus.

Astronomers say that the one seen in Bangkok was a special kind called a bolide, which explodes in a bright flash after streaking across the sky.

Fireballs are known to be produced at high rates during the Taurid meteor shower.

America's Meteor Society have predicted that 2015 may be a year with an unusual number of Taurid fireballs.

The society also said that most Taurid meteors appear to shoot upwards (unlike the fireball seen in Thailand).

The annual meteor shower takes place between November 5 and November 12.

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