A huge bright 'meteor' was spotted overnight in Malaysia but NASA have said they were “unaware’ of anything entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
A dash cam video, recorded in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru at around 5am local time, shows a sizeable object plunging to earth, and perhaps breaking up as it did so.
The International Meteor Organization’s website records at least four other sightings from Singapore and Johor Bahru of what is likely to have been the same object.
When the dash cam video was posted to Facebook by user Violet Crystal, dozens of other locals commented that they had also seen the mysterious object.
One, Izzat Asyraf Nahrawi, said “Saw this at Loyang at 5am! Same time stamp! I thought Singapore was under attack!”
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Strangely, though, there was no confirming observation from either NASA or the European Space Agency.
Singapore skywatching group Astronomy.Sg sent enquiries to both agencies, but were unable to get conformation of the mysterious traveller: “Our team was unaware of any such incident until recently,” they posted.
“From the video evidence, we cannot confirm the nature of the object.
"We do not have hard proof that it did hit the ground and there is no data from NASA and the ESA confirming it is a meteorite at this present moment.
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“Our best guess is that it is a meteor that burned up before hitting land, or a fragment of a larger meteorite that entered the atmosphere.”
Meanwhile, over in Canada a meteor bright enough to be observed in daytime lit up the skies over Alberta last weekend. Meteor researchers at the University of Calgary say the object was probably “about the size of a microwave oven.”
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Fabio Ciceri, a PhD student in planetary science who is part of the team investigating the meteor, told the Calgary Herald: “The most unusual thing about this meteor is that it was seen in the daylight. This suggests to us that the fireball was probably relatively big.
“It was probably the size of a microwave when entering the atmosphere, and probably between 100 and 500 kilograms, but we can never be 100 per cent sure.”
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