Cameras in Russia catch a meteor light up the sky
It’s a good thing that Russians like to record pretty much everything. Granted, that’s more a reaction to the constant attempts at fraud and theft (especially involving cars), but it does give us the ability to see things like the videos below.
On December 6, the citizens of Sayanogorsk, a small town in central Russia located in the Republic of Khakassia, were treated to something that was amazing and a little bit horrifying. The night sky was lit up with a streak of light as a meteor tore through the atmosphere.
On video, it’s an impressive thing to watch. There was no record of the space debris impacting the Earth (which would technically make it a meteorite), so it was just a cool light show. From the ground, however, it was a much different experience. According to reports captured by the Huffington Post, many of the inhabitants had no idea what was going on, and some thought that they were seeing the flash from an explosion of some kind, possibly even a bomb.
“At first, I couldn’t understand what’s going on. There was a sudden luminescence. It wasn’t as light as day, but still quite bright,” one witness told the Russian news agency RT. “Frankly, I was scared. I thought that it was a bomb.”
The meteor was caught from multiple angles. The clip below actually shows the meteor as it tears by overhead – check it out and rejoin us after the jump.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 7, 2016
From those angles, it’s relatively clear what’s going on. There was no accompanying sound or shockwave, so anyone that saw things from these directions knew – or could at least guess – what was happening. They could track the streak of light in the air, and fireballs in the sky aren’t all that uncommon in Russia. For others, all they saw was a flash of light. That would be a little unnerving. See the clip below for an example, and if you are ever in Russia, keep looking up.