OSAKA (Kyodo News Agency)-Social media was lively on Sunday after reports that an object fell from the sky above Japan early in the morning, emitting a strong light.
The fireball can be clearly seen from parts of western and central Japan. It is believed to be a fireball-a type of meteor that is usually compared to a full moon because of its high brightness.
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One Twitter user wrote: “It makes a rumbling sound.” Another user said, “The sky is completely bright.”
Takeshi Inoue, curator of the planetarium in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, said that although meteors are brighter than Venus and are often called “Mars,” they are rare.
He said: “We believe that the last light is as bright as a full moon.”
In July, a similarly bright meteor was observed in the sky above Tokyo, moving from the southwest to the northeast. It was later identified as a meteor after the debris was found in neighboring Chiba Prefecture.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan says that on average several fireballs are observed every month, but people rarely hear any sound.