A stunning video captured the moment a vibrant green fireball streaked across the skies above Turkey.
Taken by Onur Kaçmaz in a playground in the Turkish city of Erzurum on Saturday (Sept. 2), the now-viral video shows the sky and surrounding clouds bathed in a deep-sea snot green as the brilliant object hits the upper atmosphere.
Turkey Fireball Sept. 2, 2023
This event presented an awesome lightshow; however there are times it is far more than a lightshow. Just ten years prior, a larger meteor appeared in the skies over Chelyabinsk Russia, exploding in the lower atmosphere injuring over one thousand people.
The Chelyabinsk Event
This is the one which should raise those small hairs on your neck. It was February 15, 2013 when residents of the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, witnessed something few humans ever have. Simply put; this ‘asteroid entering Earth’s atmosphere is then classified as a ‘meteor’. When the now ‘meteor’ is large creating a bright fireball, it is referred to as a ‘bolide’. So when you do your search, you will find the Chelyabinsk Event will be described as a meteor or meteorite causing over a thousand injuries.
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The event was well-documented, almost by accident. Dashboard cameras in cars were very popular in Russia at the time, and many of these cameras captured video recordings of the meteor (the streak of light across the sky) and the great flash that came when the asteroid exploded.’
Scientists estimated its speed at 41,000 miles per hour, or about 50 times the speed of sound. Its tremendous speed was the main factor in its enormous destructive power.