Illustration for article titled Firey Scandinavian Meteor Turned the Sky Blue

Last weekend, a meteor hit the atmosphere over Scandinavia with a huge boom, filling the sky with blue light. Hundreds of Danish and Swedish people saw it, many of them from their cars as they drove home in the early evening. No one was hurt, and the video footage is amazing. Using eyewitness reports and satellite photos, Dutch meteorologist Jacob Kuiper created this map of the fireball's trajectory through the atmosphere. Eyewitness Toby Rutland summed up the experience:

I'm about 50km north of Gothenburg and saw the bright blue flash through the living room window. It was almost definitely to the south and was at least as bright as close lightning but I didn't notice any sound. Wish I'd seen more!


Wish I'd seen more too! See a full report with videos at Space Weather.

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