June 22, 2024

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Bright green fireball lights up the skies of Portugal and Spain (photos)

Bright green fireball lights up the skies of Portugal and Spain (photos)

The Internet is filled with footage of a meteor speeding across the night sky over Portugal and Spain, lighting up the sky as a blue-green fireball.

The meteorite was confirmed by European Space Agency (ESA), which captured the fireball with its cameras in Cáceres, Spain, at 6:46 PM EDT (22:46 UTC) on Saturday (May 18). The European Space Agency confirmed that the fireball was a piece of a comet that shot over Spain and Portugal, traveling at about 100,000 miles per hour, or about 65 times faster than the top speed of a Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jet. The European Space Agency added that the meteorite likely burned up over the Atlantic Ocean at an altitude of about 38 miles (60 kilometers) above Earth.