A very bright fireball was observed and filmed over Reunion island on September 25, 14h 10min UT. It was recorded by NASA/CNEOS government sensors, and was actually the third more energetic meteoric event of 2018.

Image of the September 25, 2018, 14h 10m UT fireball extracted from a video of the event.

Image of the September 25, 2018, 14h 10m UT fireball extracted from a Youtube video of the event.

A few witnesses from Reunion and Mauritius islands reported a very bright fireball on September 25, 2018, 14h 10min UT. A video of the event was also recorded from the Reunion, showing a very bright meteor lasting more than 5 seconds, and enlighting the clouds and the sky.

According to the NASA (National American Space Agency) CNEOS (Center for Near Earth Objects Studies) departement, the meteor was detected by governement sensors, and the calculated impact energy was close to 1.9 kT, which is the third more energetical meteor event since the beginning of the year. It occured South of the two islands, over the Indian Ocean, leaving no chances of finding associated meteorites. Previous energetic events were recorded over Russia on June 21, and Greenland on July 25.

Fireballs reported by US Government sensors, from 1988, April 15 until 2018 September 2018. Credit: NASA/CNEOS

Fireballs reported by US Government sensors, from 1988, April 15 until 2018 September 2018. Credit: NASA/CNEOS, Alan B. Chamberlin (JPL/Caltech)

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