Late last night, a suspected meteor tore through the skies over the northern Russian city of Murmansk.
Some dashcams supposedly caught the fireball on film, but we can't help wondering if this footage is actually real. Here's what we know:
Russia Today is reporting that most observers identified the blaze of light as a meteor, or as space debris re-entering the atmosphere, but officials have yet to weigh in on the object's identity, or where fragments are likely to have landed.
Whatever it is, the fireball is clearly reminiscent of the massive meteorite that streaked through the skies above Chelyabinsk, Russia last February, injuring hundreds and incurring upwards of $30-million in damages. There's no news thus far that this morning's meteorite led to any damages or injuries. According to RT, no sounds of explosions were heard.
At least two drivers in Murmansk managed to capture the fireball on dashcam, which ripped through the sky Saturday morning at 2:10 a.m. local time. Here it is from a couple of angles [Edit: Embedding on these videos has apparently been disabled; you'll have to click through to the YouTube channel to view them]:
Now, we'd include more videos but... we can't find any. Which, we'll be honest, sort of makes us wonder if these videos are fake. We can't help but notice that these videos are being hosted on a YouTube channel named "Meteorite and Murmansk," which also has us doubting their legitimacy. On the other hand, the Lyrid meteor shower – the first dependable shower of the season – is slated to peak in just a few days' time. Is it possible last night's blazing ball of light was just a Lyrid fireball come early?
We've tried tracking down more news, and videos, of the meteor elsewhere, with little luck. It's possible this story is just breaking, but it's also possible that it's a sham. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.