UFO’s that are present in the night sky don’t represent anything new at all, and fireballs get even more attention sometimes. One recent event that triggered lots of astonishment is a huge fireball emitting an intense light that was spotted falling from Japan’s skies.
The fireball is most likely a bolide, meaning a shooting star so bright that it can resemble a full moon. The outstanding phenomenon was seen from parts of western and central Japan, and you can feast your eyes on some footage of it below:
However, even for a bolide, the cosmic object was unexpectedly bright. The claim comes from Takeshi Inoue, who is the director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium in Hyogo Prefecture. He even said:
“We believe the last burst of light was as bright as the full moon,”
The fireball made a rumbling noise
Although The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan issued a statement claiming that it is rare for people to hear anything coming from such fireballs, residents of the Asian country reported a rumbling noise caused by the mysterious phenomenon. Several fireballs are observed each month in the skies of Japan.
According to NASA, a fireball is an astronomical term for exceptionally bright meteors that can be seen over a very wide area. A fireball reaches a visual magnitude of -3 or brighter when it’s seen at the observer’s zenith.
Chances for a human being to spot a fireball are pretty high if he keeps an eye on the clear night sky regularly on dark nights for several hours at a time. In this way, the person can generally spot a fireball about twice a year. However, fireballs during daylight are exceptionally rare.
Fortunately, there is no reason to believe that the bright phenomenon from Japan’s skies caused any damage.