Unusually bright meteor seen over Israel, as some report hearing blast

A bright meteor is seen over Israel's skies, April 15, 2023.

Israeli Astronomical Association says bolide visible over country’s center and north for several seconds; unclear if any pieces survived fiery descent.

Israeli experts said an unusually bright meteor was visible over the country on Saturday afternoon, with some observers reporting to have heard a large explosion afterward.

The Israeli Astronomical Association (IAA) said it had received reports of the bolide being visible for several seconds over central and northern Israel at around 5:16 p.m., traveling northeast.

Several residents of central Israel reported hearing a loud blast shortly after.

“Such an explosion may be heard in the event that the bolide is caused by a relatively large stone and depending on its composition,” the IAA said.

An image shared by the IAA showed a fiery streak in the sky. A visible bolide over Israel is a relatively rare occurrence.

It was unclear if pieces of the meteor survived its descent through the atmosphere. A meteor piece that survives passage to the ground is known as a meteorite.

Source: The times of Israel

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