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Blue fireball lights up the sky over Sweden

By T.K. Randall
March 21, 2017 · Comment icon 4 comments

The fireball was extremely bright. Image Credit: YouTube / Swedish Allsky Meteor Network
People from several towns across the country reported witnessing the spectacle at 9:30pm on Monday night.
The phenomenon, which was seen as far north as Pitea, lit up the night sky in spectacular fashion, producing a bright blue glow which was accompanied by a sudden loud bang.

The culprit, as it turned out, was a bolide - a very bright meteor that explodes in the atmosphere.

"This is something that happens a few times a year," said Eric Stempels of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University.

"Because it can happen during the day, when it is cloudy or far from populated areas, these events usually don't get much attention."

Video footage of the event, which was captured on camera by the Swedish network Allsky Meteor Network, can be viewed below.



Source: Thelocal.se | Comments (4)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by fred_mc 7 years ago
Yes, I saw it on the news on TV here in Sweden today. They interviewed a meteorologist about it who neither seemed to have much knowledge nor much interest in it. She said that she had seen it herself but that she hadn't given much thought to what it was at the time. Now, however, she explained on TV that it was a bolide ("bolid" in Swedish) but she didn't know how to pronounce it, she used two different pronounciations and said that she didn't know what was the correct one (one of them sounded like the Swedish town Boliden, and I'm pretty sure that is the wrong pronounciation).
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
It's pretty.  It's a shame it burns out so quickly.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light! ― Edna St. Vincent Millay
Comment icon #4 Posted by curiouse 7 years ago
And no one photographed it ? Now that's mysterious!


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