Rare sight: Meteor streaks over erupting Turrialba volcano

Rare sight: Meteor streaks over erupting Turrialba volcano

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Two forces of nature have combined on December 28, 2016, and brought us a rare view of a bright meteor streaking seemingly low over the erupting Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica.

The event occurred at 04:22 UTC on December 28 (22:22 local time on December 27), stunning scientists monitoring Turrialba's latest eruption.

It was captured by the OVSICORI's cameras and edited by scientist Javier Pacheco who said this is the first time they have seen this type of event since installing the camera in 2011, located west of the volcano.

The timing perfectly fits the bright fireball disintegrating over Guatemala. It is possible this is the same or closely related event.

Read more: Bright fireball disintegrates over Guatemala

The height of Turrialba's eruption, which comes after a period of calm, was undetermined due to cloudy conditions at the crater, but significant ashfall was reported in areas west of the volcano, including Coronado, Guadelupe and San Pedro in San José, The Costa Rica Star reports.

Featured image: Bright fireball streaks over erupting Turrialba volcano on December 28, 2016. Credit: OVSICORI

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