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(Video) Fireball spotted in Johor, S’pore skies

17 Feb 2020 / 15:22 H.

A fireball was spotted over Johor Baru and Singapore on Feb 12, sparking excitement on the internet.

A dashcam video which recorded the sighting at 5am, showed the fireball flaring up while speeding downwards from the sky, before dissipating suddenly.

“Saw this at Loyang at 5am! Same time stamp! I thought Singapore was under attack!!! Phew thank God it wasn’t a hallucination,” said Facebook user Izzat Asyraff Nahrawi on the All Singapore Stuff Facebook page, where the dashcam video had been reposted.

The International Meteor Organisation website also notes three fireball sightings at 5am in Johor Baru on the same date.

A team of Singapore space enthusiasts from Astronomy.SG speaking to Coconuts Singapore said that they could not confirm the nature of the object at the time.

“Our team was unaware of any such incident until recently. From the video evidence, we cannot confirm the nature of the object. We do not have hard proof that it did hit the ground and there is no data from NASA and the ESA confirming it is a meteorite at this present moment. Our best guess is that it is a meteor that burned up before hitting land, or a fragment of a larger meteorite that entered the atmosphere,” the group is quoted saying.

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