Green fireball explodes over Bangkok

A dramatic green fireball lit up the night sky over Thailand today as it streaked past and exploded.

Taurid meteor shower may boost fireball sightings this week

The dramatic meteor is seen in several dashcam videos captured by vehicles in Bangkok just before 9 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET). (YouTube)

A dramatic green fireball lit up the night sky over Thailand today as it streaked past and exploded.

The apparent meteor was captured in several dashcam videos from vehicles in Bangkok just before 9 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).

It was also reportedly visible in other parts of Thailand.

Fireballs are meteors brighter than the planet Venus. The one seen in Thailand was a special kind called a bolide, which explodes in a bright flash after streaking across the sky.

Fireballs are known to be produced at high rates during some years by the Taurid meteor shower, which takes place each October and November.

According to the American Meteor Society, 2015 may be a year with an unusual number of Taurid fireballs, which peak Oct. 29 to Nov. 10. That's because the Earth is thought to be passing through a denser than usual field of debris left behind by the Comet 2P/Encke.

However, it notes that most Taurid meteors appear to shoot upwards (unlike the fireball seen in Thailand) and not all fireballs seen at this time of year are from the Taurid meteor shower. 

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