Watch As A Volcanic Eruption Gets Completely Upstaged By A Streaking Meteor


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockJan 3 2017, 15:48 UTC

Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica via Costa Rica Hoy/YouTube

Through a stroke of unbelievable luck, a video has captured the moment the billowing smoke of a volcanic eruption was momentarily joined by the streak of a meteor. Listen closely and you might hear the sound of a group of volcanologists and astronomers falling to the floor in a fit of mutual appreciation.

The meteor shot across the skies above the Turrialba volcano in central Costa Rica at 10.25 pm local time on Tuesday, December, 27.


Javier Pacheco from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica told Q Costa Rica that this first time the camera has captured a meteor since it was installed in 2011. He added that the meteor was also reported in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

It might be just 6-seconds of grainy footage, but what an awesome few moments they are. How often can you watch something as cool as a volcanic eruption get upstaged by a shooting meteor?

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