April 14, 2020
James Kon of Borneo Bulletin
A large green meteor streaked through the sky over Brunei Darussalam last Sunday, with many excited observers taking to social media to discuss the natural phenomenon.
The passing meteor was photographed at 7.27pm by Mohammad Nazhif bin Haji Abdul Khalid, who was taking pictures of the planet Venus in the clear sky at his home in Kampong Lambak.
He recalled, “At first, I thought that it was a fireworks display, but there were no exploding sounds.”
The photo of the event uploaded to his Instagram page caught the attention of the Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD), which has been receiving eyewitness accounts about a vivid ball of light on the evening of April 12.
The fireball was also spotted in other districts, starting at around 7pm.
Bon Wei Chin, 25, said, “I saw the meteor passing over Pekan Seria…It flew past a very bright star.”
Azimah Alipah was at the Penanjong Camp in the Tutong District when she witnessed it. “I saw a very bright shooting star for five seconds, heading towards the sea,” she described.
Mohd Yusbi Ayub bin Yusof also saw the meteor, “which passed overhead in the Jerudong Park area, at around the time for Isyak prayer.”
A meteor is a small piece of an astronomical body that burns up upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, creating a streak of light in the sky. A huge meteor can create a massive bright light.