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Video: Black sky turns blue as meteor passes through skies across Portugal and Spain

NEW DELHI: The Internet is abuzz with wonder after a mysterious bright flash of blue and green streaked across the skies of Portugal and Spain on Saturday evening.
Several netizens shared videos on X of a meteor racing through the sky. One clip showed a woman parked on the side of the road as a blue streak passes overhead, while others showed music festivals and people camped out on a hill to watch the meteor pass by.
Sharing the clip on X, a user named Collin Rugg said, “JUST IN: Meteor spotted in the skies over Spain and Portugal.This is insane. Early reports claim that the blue flash could be seen darting through the night sky for hundreds of kilometers. At the moment, it has not been confirmed if it hit the Earth’s surface however some reports say it may have fallen near the town of Castro Daire. Other reports say it was closer to Pinheiro.”

Social media users were astounded by the sight, with some admiring its brightness and structure, comparing it to magnesium. Meanwhile, others contemplated the frequency of such remarkable events, especially when coinciding with other celestial phenomena such as the aurora borealis and solar eclipses.

A user wrote, “So friggin cool! Hope nobody got hurt.” While the other one said, “Amazing to see that this was indeed real. It looked so fake to me in the initial video I saw. The universe is awesome. Most of the time.”

The stunning meteor display arrived a fortnight following a prediction that meteors would illuminate the heavens in the forthcoming days, as Earth traverses the dusty remnants of the renowned Halley’s Comet, sparking the yearly Eta Aquariid meteor shower.
According to Space.com, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower 2024 is active between April 15 and May 27 and this year peaks on the nights of May 5 and May 6.
The peak of the Eta Aquarids is around the time of the new moon, therefore moonlight will provide minimal interference to meteor hunters, unlike the fully illuminated moon in 2023.
The chunks of space debris that create the Eta Aquarids come from a celestial icon: Halley’s Comet. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is categorized as a strong shower; it is best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere or close to the equator, although folks in some northern latitudes can also observe it.

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