Institute of Astronomy

Fireball in the sky

Published on 07/01/2014 
Question: 

I am currently living on Jeju Island off the coast of S.Korea.  On
Friday November 22nd I was on my way out with some college students
when we saw a bright burning light in the sky with a tail.  At first I
thought it was a plane on fire but realized it was not. I took a few
pictures as it moved across the sky.  I am curious to know what we
saw.

I suspect that what you saw was a meteor.  Bright meteors can be very
spectacular, and are fairly rare, so you are lucky to have seen it!  The
peak of the Leonid meteor shower, which can produce quite high numbers
of meteors, was around the 17th-18th, so it is possible to one you saw
was a Leonid.

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