RT.com, YouTube – April 19, 2014
Residents of the Kola Peninsula in Russia witnessed the fall of a celestial body similar to the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite on Saturday night.
It flashed at 02:10 am local time and was clearly seen in the sky. However, no sound of explosions was heard. This footage was captured on a car dash cam.
Officials say that the nature of the celestial body is unknown.
Here’s how Nature World News reported the story:
From Nature World News – April 21, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/mo9unrr
Residents of Murmansk, a city in Northern Russia, reported seeing a huge fireball tearing through the night-sky. The event occurred at 2.10am local time Saturday and was caught by several dashboard cameras, according to Russia Today. The authenticity of the videos hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The impact, however, wasn’t as dramatic as the meteorite that hit Chelyabinsk in Siberia last year, nbcnews reported.
Officials haven’t confirmed that the object caught on camera over the weekend was a meteorite. According to Russia Today, there is also no news of debris of the object being found near Murmansk.
The bright object was seen just days before the annual Lyrid meteor, which is expected to peak April 21 and 22, according to The International Business Times.
Meteors, the bright flashes of light streaking across the sky, are fairly common. However, several of these meteors are never observed as they occur during the day or at remote places on Earth.
A meteor making it to the earth’s surface is a very rare event. About 99.99 percent of meteors completely disintegrate before reaching the surface, according to The American Meteor Society.
Last year, a large rock landed near Chelyabinsk in Russia. The meteorite explosion injured over 1,000 people. The radiation caused skin and retinal injuries in several people.
The Chelyabinsk explosion was the largest meteorite explosion in the world since 1908, according to IBT.
Several studies have been conducted on the Chelyabinsk meteorite. Russian Academy of Sciences researchers have reported that the rock that hit Russia last February exploded with an energy of nearly 500 kilotonnes of TNT, according to the Guardian.