Is It a Jet? No! It’s a Meteor!

I’m pretty sure I saw a fireball in the sky tonight. I saw it around Fujisawa.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

I was walking to a local takeout store for dinner tonight when I saw something flying across the sky.  It was very bright and moving quite quickly.  It seemed to be moving faster than a low-flying jet, but I couldn’t hear anything.  There’s an American air base near where I live, but it was going the wrong direction.  The base is to the north, not the northwest.  And then I realised, it’s a meteor!  And then what happened?  It disappeared.

It was quite likely part of the Geminid meteor shower.  I’ve seen meteors before, but nothing like this. Usually, they’re just a speck of dust that appear, make a brief streak in the sky, then disappear in less than a second.  This was in the sky for a good 4 or 5 seconds.  It wasn’t a little one, either.  It was a fireball.  It makes me wonder if it landed…

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