Suspected meteor lights up night sky in Murmansk

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Meteor Lights Up Night-Sky in Murmansk

A suspected meteorite explosion reportedly lit up the night sky over Murmansk, a city in northwestern Russia, on April 19th.
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PRECISING NATURE OF FALLING OBJECT A man in Moscow looks at a computer screen displaying a picture reportedly taken in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013, showing the trail of a meteorite above a residential area of the city. A heavy meteor shower rained down today on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris smashed windows and injured dozens of stunned locals, officials said. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)
PRECISING NATURE OF FALLING OBJECT A meteorite trail is seen above a residential apartment block in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on February 15, 2013. A heavy meteor shower rained down today on central Russia, sowing panic as the hurtling space debris smashed windows and injured dozens of stunned locals, officials said. AFP PHOTO / 74.RU/ OLEG KARGOPOLOV (Photo credit should read OLEG KARGOPOLOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GZHEL, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: A view of the night sky over Gzhel region, some 80 km east of Moscow shows the star's path created by the earth rotation, early 12 August 2005. On the night between 12 August and 13 August is expected the peack of the Perseids meteor shower over the sky of the northern hemisphere. The Perseids come every year, beginning in late July and stretching into August. Sky watchers outdoors at the right time can see colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and, almost always, long hours of gracefully streaking meteors. The source of the shower is Comet Swift-Tuttle. Tiny bits of comet dust hit Earth's atmosphere traveling 132,000 mph. At that speed, even a tiny smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light 'a meteor'when it disintegrates. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MARMUR (Photo credit should read MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images)
GZHEL, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: A view of the night sky over Gzhel region, some 80 km east of Moscow shows the star's path created by the earth rotation, early 12 August 2005. On the night between 12 August and 13 August is expected the peack of the Perseids meteor shower over the sky of the northern hemisphere. The Perseids come every year, beginning in late July and stretching into August. Sky watchers outdoors at the right time can see colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and, almost always, long hours of gracefully streaking meteors. The source of the shower is Comet Swift-Tuttle. Tiny bits of comet dust hit Earth's atmosphere traveling 132,000 mph. At that speed, even a tiny smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light 'a meteor'when it disintegrates. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MARMUR (Photo credit should read MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images)
This long-exposure photograph taken on August 12, 2013 shows people watching for the Perseid meteor shower in the night sky near Yangon. The meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung Thu (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 07: A bright meteor during Perseid meteor shower (Aug. 12) is captured in a star trail image of constellation Orion. (Photo by Babek Tafreshi/SSPL/Getty Images)
A meteor streaks across the sky against a field of stars during a meteorite shower early August 13, 2010 near Grazalema, southern Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
VICTORVILLE, USA - DECEMBER 14: This incredible picture shows a huge meteor hurtling to earth during the annual Geminid meteor shower on December 14, 2009. Taken from the Mojave Desert area near Victorville under a very dark and mostly clear sky, astro-photogrpaher Wally Pacholka captured this amazing picture during the annual cosmic fireworks show. The meteor shower has been growing in intensity in recent decades and was an even better holiday treat than usual this year with it falling in a nearly moonless week. Featuring as many as 140 shooting stars per hour, the Geminid show took place between Sunday evening and Monday morning. (Photo by Wally Pacholka / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
In this long exposure photo, a streak appears in the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower above a roadside silhouette of a Spanish fighting bull, conceived decades ago in Spain as highway billboards, in Villarejo de Salvanes, central Spain in the early hours of Monday Aug. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul White)
A meteor shines, top left, while entering the earth's atmosphere during the Perseid Meteor Shower observed early Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in this long exposure picture taken from village of Kozle, just southeast of Skopje, Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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One motorist captured the spectacular scene that unfolded at about 2 a.m. with his dashcam. Though some are skeptical of the video, RT points out that multiple drivers also captured the bright burst in the sky. According to the YouTube post, people saw a "bright flash. Many eyewitnesses described it as a bright electrical discharge. However, no explosions were heard."

The Huffington Post notes that it's been a bit over a year since a meteor exploded over a Russian city and hurt over 1,000 people. RT reports that nobody was injured this time around, and emergency workers weren't even called about the event. Officials have yet to comment.
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