Date
23 September 2017
Footage captured by a motorist Wednesday night shows a Southern Taurids meteor shower. Photo: YouTube
Footage captured by a motorist Wednesday night shows a Southern Taurids meteor shower. Photo: YouTube

Meteor sighted in skies over Yuen Long

A meteor looking like a blue-green fireball streaked above the sky in Hong Kong Wednesday night, according to video footage captured by some motorists as well as the Observatory. 

A person named Chris Ko said he observed the phenomenon as he was driving along the San Tin Highway from Yuen Long towards Sheung Shui at about 9.30 pm, Apple Daily reported.

Ko said he saw a ball of light dart across the sky as he was passing by the Fairview Park in Yuen Long.

A recording device he had on his car was able to capture the phenomenon, he said. 

The Hong Kong Observatory, meanwhile, has confirmed the mysterious light, describing it as a flash of the Southern Taurids meteor shower.

It said cameras installed at the Space Museum Astropark in Sai Kung have captured the meteor at 9:34 pm on Wednesday.

According to the Observatory, the brightness of this meteor was even stronger than the one last seen in Hong Kong skies on October 18.

Some drivers in Thailand have also recently reported sightings of similar green flash lights in the sky.

Hong Kong astronomy fans can look forward to more meteor showers this month and December.

According to experts, the famous Leonid meteor shower is expected to come to a peak at 5:40 am on November 18.

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