A bright meteor lit up over southwest Norway on Saturday (Nov 19), after 7:00 pm was for the Taurid meteor shower, the experts claim.
As the rumbling meteor burned up, it shimmered in several colours sparking in the sky.
The unusually bright meteor called a ‘bollide’ was visible from many parts of the country. An expert from the country’s meteor network told that the meteor was ‘exceptionally bright and powerful’ that burned up in the atmosphere.
An eyewitness told NRK, “It suddenly became bright, so I thought at first it was a car driving on high beam. But then I looked up at the sky and there was a massive light that shot across the sky with a long, blue tail behind it.”
Currently, the police are in contact with the meteorological departments for the matter as many assume that the ‘bollide’ may be a meteorite.
Many believe that this meteor belongs to the Leonid meteor shower, which at the moment is alive. However, the Norwegian meteorological department on its website claimed that the meteor belonged to ‘Taurids’ which is also active at the moment. The statement continued, “The Taurids do not produce as many meteors as the Leonids but the Taurids occasionally produce very powerful meteors, like this one.”
Norway has been a hotspot for witnessing meteor showers. In 202, according to the International Meteorlogocla Organisation, the Leonids (LEO) meteor was activated on November 6 and the peak day was marked as Nov 30, 2022.
(With inputs from agencies)