Watch this Dash-Cam Footage of a Mysterious Fireball Blazing Over Bangkok

Sep 07, 2015

Panic broke out in Bangkok on Monday morning after local authorities mistook an unidentified fireball for a plane crash, dispatching more than a hundred rescue workers from across the Thai capital.

Several dash-cam videos surfaced on social media shortly after the mysterious object appeared, igniting debate between astronomers and officials about the flaming debris’ origins.

While the shooting-star-like spectacle could have been a meteorite, it could also have been space junk falling from the sky, deputy director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand Saran Poshyachina told the Bangkok Post.

Worawit Tanwutthibundit, an astronomer stationed at Chachoengsao Observatory, said that the public should not be concerned either way. “The photo of the white smoke that has been shared a lot is in fact the train of smoke of a meteor,” he told Matichon newspaper. “This is a normal phenomenon.”

A representative from the Bangkok Planetarium said that typically most meteorites burn out in the atmosphere before hitting the earth.

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The Shoemaker Impact Structure in Australia (previously referred to as Teague Ring and renamed in honor of the late geologist Eugene Shoemaker). The precise age of the impact is unknown, but it is estimated between 1000 and 600 million years ago. The structure is 30 km in diameter.NASA/GSFC/METI/Japan Space Systems/U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Shoemaker Impact Structure Australia
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Barringer Meteor Impact Crater, Arizona, Usa, True Colour Satellite Image
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The Shoemaker Impact Structure in Australia (previously referred to as Teague Ring and renamed in honor of the late geol

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