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Enormous Green Meteor Caught On Camera Above California

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockApr 29 2016, 11:14 UTC
66 Enormous Green Meteor Caught On Camera Above California
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The skies of California were slashed with a sudden green streak of light on Tuesday night.

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Along with the sky, social media also lit up with sights of the mysterious green flash. People quickly began to speculate whether it was a meteor, a piece of space junk, or – inevitably – aliens.

Sightings were reported around 10 p.m. local time by over 125 people, according to the American Meteor Society. This was mainly from people in southern California, although a lucky few managed to catch a glimpse as far north as central California, as south as the Mexican border, and there was even one sighting in Arizona.

Local news reported that the United States Navy released a statement saying: “...the information provided does not correlate to any of the more than 16,000 on-orbit cataloged objects tracked and listed in USSTRATOM's Satellite Catalog and the publicly available website www.space-track.org.”

It concluded: “We have determined that the reentry of a man-made object did not occur at this time.”

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The most likely suspect seems to be a meteor hitting Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. Earlier this year, a confirmed meteor caused a similar huge green streak across the night sky in Ireland, coincidently on St. Patrick’s Day.

The flash was caught on the dashcam of a car in the video below. The streak can be seen around the 0:11 mark, along with some suitably epic music as a backdrop.

 

 


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