Australia: Driver spots meteor soaring through Sydney sky

Residents of eastern Wales were stunned to see a meteor light up the skies on Monday, January 18. Witnesses said the fireball entered the skies above Montgomeryshire at around 8pm. Accompanying the bright flash was a sound of low rumbling.

The noise could be attributed to the small space rock penetrating Earth’s atmosphere, which caused it to explode in the sky.

Locals were stunned by the spectacle and took to social media to report their sighting.

One person said: “We heard a rumble over Castle Caereinion, thought it was thunder”.

Another added: “We heard something. It sounded like a big troop carrier going over.”

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A third stated: “We heard a big bang in Forden.”

Fireballs occur when a meteor or another space rock hits the atmosphere.

Air seeps into the pores of the rock, pushing it apart and causing it to explode.

The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) said: “Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal.

“Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimetre have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.

“These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them.”

Perhaps the most famous fireball in modern history came when a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013.

The explosion, caused by a 65.6ft (20m) meteor, was so powerful it smashed windows across the city and injured more than 1,000 people.

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Experts had not anticipated the event as they did not see the meteor approaching which ultimately cost over £25.3million (€30million) in damages to the small Russian city.

In 1908, a small asteroid surprised Earth when it exploded over Siberia’s Tunguska, flattening woodlands across 800 miles.

The blast was so powerful it was equivalent to 30 megatons of TNT at an altitude of 6.2 to 9.3 miles (10 to 15km).

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