Meteor Explodes In Fiery Blaze Over Cyprus

Report Date: September 13, 2016

What appears to be a meteor burst across the nighttime sky in Cyprus early on Friday, flashing and thundering so powerfully overhead that the ground shook, according to reports from residents.

A Cyprus Geological Department official, Iordanis Demetriades, said there’s no indication that the object hit Earth. It probably “exploded in the sky,” he said. Those living in the Troodos Mountain range said they saw green-white lights in the sky around 1 a.m., and then heard large blasts, according to police.

This type of near-Earth encounter with a space object may seem rare (and terrifying), but is actually quite common. NASA has identified more than 13,500 asteroids or comets of all sizes circulating within 30 million miles of Earth. On average, it tracks 30 meteorite impacts annually, according to Forbes. But given that 70 percent of the planet’s surface is covered with water, most of these go unnoticed by humans.