A piece of cosmic debris lit up the night sky over central Europe on Halloween, burning up over Sweden, Poland, Germany and, of course, social media.
The meteoroid burned very rapidly and brightly across the sky, though it’s still unclear what caused the event. The glowing trail behind the debris is typical of a meteor, according to Slate. The solid part of the debris falls at a few dozen kilometers per second, fast enough to heat up the surrounding air to several thousand degrees.
A number of YouTube videos—many taken from car cameras popular in much of central and eastern Europe—show the debris lighting up the night sky.
In this one, the meteor turns the sky a greenish-blue.
- Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine: TIME's 2022 Person of the Year
- Mickey Guyton Is TIME's 2022 Breakthrough Artist of the Year
- The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2022
- Column: What Elon Musk Gets Wrong About Free Speech
- The Forgotten Story of One of the First U.S. Soldiers Killed Overseas After Pearl Harbor
- Why You're More Likely to Get Sick in the Winter, According to New Research
- Column: What the Protests Tell Us About China's Future
- 18 Last-Minute Gifts for Everyone on Your List