Large Fireball explodes over Bucharest, Romania (Video) – Jan 7, 2015

meteorite_meteor_asteroid_cometA large fireball that exploded over Bucharest, Romania, early Wednesday show night turning to day. The event took place at 3:05 Local Time on January 7th.

Witnesses reported that the meteor produced a bright greenish light and was accompanied by loud booms. There were no reports of damage or injuries. This fireball could have been part of the Quadrantids meteor shower as meteors from this shower often produce bright fireballs.

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris, from such sources as asteroids or comets, that originates in outer space and survives its impact with the Earth’s surface. It is called a meteoroid before its impact. A meteorite’s size can range from small to extremely large. When a meteoroid enters the atmosphere, friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with the atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate that energy, thus forming a fireball, also known as a meteor or shooting/falling star. A bolide is either an extraterrestrial body that collides with the Earth, or an exceptionally bright, fireball-like meteor regardless of whether it ultimately impacts the surface.

 

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