A video shows the moment when the skies over Smyrna, Turkey, lit up bright green when a mysterious object crashed into Earth.
Images of the bizarre incident that have been posted on social media show the object passing through the city of Izmir, before disappearing in a brilliant flash.
The seemingly inexplicable event has S̳h̳o̳c̳k̳ed residents, leading to speculation that the burning object is a satellite or an unidentified flying object (U̳F̳O̳).
The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday, July 31. One of the videos shows the object hitting the ground causing a loud explosion and changing the color of the sky to green for a few seconds.
Another video shows the object flare a bright greenish-white before falling towards Earth.
Needless to say, the videos have gone viral and intrigued netizens around the world. While many suggested it was a satellite or space junk, others chose to believe that they could be a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s.
However, Dr. Hasan Ali Dal, Turkish astrophysics professor, denied these theories and explained a simple reason for the incredible scenes.
In a Twitter post, he said that the event known as a “fireball” occurs when a meteor begins to burn in the atmosphere.
“It generally burns in the upper atmosphere,” wrote Dr. Ali Dal. “It should be considered as a more specific version of the phenomenon known as a shooting star among people and that is often experienced during periods of meteor showers.”
According to the professor of astrophysics, the meteor could be part of the Perseid Shower, which occurs every year during July and August.
But it goes without saying that this explanation has not convinced everyone, as there are those who claim that it is a crashed a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ spacecraft. There were even those who claimed to have seen the military in the area.