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Bright Geminid fireball streaks over Colombia and Venezuela

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A bright Geminid fireball streaked through the sky over Colombia and Venezuela at 23:25 UTC (18:25 COT) on December 16, 2016, and was recorded by numerous witnesses.

The phenomenon was seen in the municipalities of Bucaramanga, Girón and Zapatoca in the department of Santander and the municipality of Yopal in the department of Casanare.

Luis Nunes, the director of the Halley Group of Astronomy and Aerospace Sciences at the University of Santander, said it was a large meteor, the third seen this week in Bucaramanga.

Geminid fireball over Colombia on December 16, 2016 - Heatmap

Bright fireball over Colombia and Venezuela on December 16, 2016 – Heatmap. Credit: IMO

There have also been reports of similar sighting from the Venezuelan state of Apure, the Infouno reported.

Featured image: Bright fireball over Colombia and Venezuela on December 16, 2016.

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