Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? It’s A Fireball!

Some Johoreans and Singaporeans had the chance to spot a giant shooting fireball last week!

Dashcam footage of a bright flashing meteor streaking over the sky was caught by Violet Sky. The video was posted on YouTube, with an explanation on how it was filmed at about 5am last Wednesday (Feb 11)  in Johor Bahru.

In the video, Violet was seen driving on an almost empty highway when a bright flash of green light rocketed through the sky. The meteor also beamed and flashed several times before disappearing into the sky.

Violet told, that she was driving to her home at the Windermere Condominium at Choa Chu Kang when the incident occurred.

The 11-second video has since gone viral with over 50K views on her Youtube channel and multiple social media platforms sharing the same footage.

The clip was reposted on a Facebook page named All Singapore Stuff and has been shared by more than 3.5k users. Some commented that they saw similar sightings in parts of Singapore, including Loyang, Bartley, and Hougang. 

According to the International Meteor Organisation’s (IMO) website, there were four sightings of the fireball over Johor and Singapore between 5am and 5.02am.

“We received four reports about a fireball seen over Johor on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 at around 21:01 UT,” it said on its website.

Citing the American Meteor Society (AMS), it said a fireball is a meteor that appears brighter than the planet Venus either in the morning or evening sky when it enters the earth’s atmosphere and burns up.

It must have been a once in a lifetime experience for those who managed to catch a glimpse of a meteor. Hopefully, their wishes do come true!

By: Siti Farhana Sheikh Yahya