Very bright fireball over Izmir, sonic boom reported, Turkey

Very bright fireball over Izmir, sonic boom reported, Turkey

A very bright green fireball illuminated the night sky over the city of Izmir, Turkey around 23:00 UTC on July 30, 2021 (02:00 LT, July 31).

The visual part of the event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated. Several residents reported a sonic boom.

According to Dr. Hassan Ali Dar, deputy director of the Astronomical Observatory of Aegean University, the object was a part of the Perseid meteor shower.

Perseids are active each year from July 17 to August 24, with a peak around August 12.

In 2021, the shower will peak close to the new moon, so moonlight will present minimal interference.

Featured image: Perseid fireball over Izmir, Turkey on July 30, 2021

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