Astronomy & Falak Syarie in Brunei Darussalam

Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad, The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam

Bandar Seri Begawan – A huge fireball boomed over the Brunei skies and was bright enough to be seen in the daylight today, January 31, 2021.

The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) had received numerous reports by the public who had heard a mysterious loud bang in the sky and put up a notice seeking for first-hand eyewitness accounts.

Photo: Haziq from Sengkurong eyewitnessed the blazing meteor and photographed the smoky trail with a β€œring smoke” (circled in green) which only last for few seconds before finally disappeared.

Dozens of people sighting the spectacular phenomenon of a roaring sound from a disintegrated meteor based on eyewitness testimonies. The large boom that was heard and felt from across all districts in Brunei.

Haziq, 22 years old, reported to PABD of first seeing an unexpected bright blueish-green light falling from the sky over Mulaut, and tried to take the photo of the moment. Haziq mentioned β€œThe brightness increased really quick then reduced to an orange reddish colour for a fraction of a second.”

Dozens encountered the strange explosion in Brunei

The frightful sound or sonic boom apparently accompanied this planetary rock from space. Another eyewitness, Zaty, 35, also encountered a similar shocking moment from Jerudong. She said, β€œI saw a bright ball of fire coming from the sky and there was a loud explosion a minute later.”

Some eyewitnesses had reported of seeing the similar meteor streaked through the sky over Lumut. An anonymous observer, 33, said β€œI believe I saw a meteor occurred this morning on our approach to land at Anduki Heliport in Seria around 11 a.m. local time, but I didn’t hear if there is any explosion due to noise from helicopter”.

An off road adventurer, Abd Wafiy bin Hj Rudzi, 22, was amazed by the sighting, with the footage captured on a car-dash cam, a blazing meteor was bright enough to be seen in the daylight from Kampong Kulapis, Brunei

Hakem from Tutong said β€œWe were at Penanjong beach and my daughter saw a light orange ball in the sky with a tail of light for a couple of seconds before it disappeared β€œ.

An e-mail from Lau Shien Chung to PABD reported that the fireball was also spotted from Temburong. She mentioned, β€œOne of my colleagues, Ginda, saw a fire trail in the sky at Temburong National Park. He saw the blazing fire at first and the sound of explosion came after.”

Meteors are an irregular and not normal events. Most of the time, meteors are the result of the complete burnt up of a small meteoroid in the atmosphere. Few meteoroids did survive to Earth which are called meteorites.

National Seismic Centre of Brunei Darussalam had detected seismic activity which was not caused by an earthquake
One thought on “Exploded Fireball thrills Brunei”
  1. This could have been an AIRBURST METEORITE . Judging from the eyewitness dashcam video , it could have been at least 20 metres in length to produce this kind of an explosive sound. Asteroids that enter earths atmospheric cover will then be called meteorites .

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