Strange green ‘meteor’ spotted streaking through skies in S’pore & JB


Ashley Tan |Matthias Ang | February 16, 12:21 pm


A rather strange ‘meteor’-like object was spotted streaking through the skies in both Singapore and Malaysia.

Green object flashing through sky

Mothership reader informed us that she had spotted the green flash of light “falling out of the sky”.

She had seen this from her home at The Windermere Condominium at Choa Chu Kang, in the wee hours of the morning.

And it seems the otherworldly sight was observed in Johor Jaya in Johor Bahru as well.

A video uploaded by one Violet Crystal, recorded from her car’s dashcam, showed the rather large extraterrestrial object cutting a line across the dark sky, at 5am on Feb. 12 according to its title on YouTube.

The object flashes several times, before flaring particularly brightly and then winking out of sight in the inky darkness.

Video from Violet Crystal

Possibly a fireball

According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), a fireball is a meteor that appears brighter than the planet Venus in either the morning or evening sky, when it enters Earth’s atmosphere and burns up.

The International Meteor Organisation’s (IMO) website stated that there were four sightings of a fireball on Feb. 11, both in Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

While such a phenomenon is actually a daily occurrence, it is difficult to spot the majority of fireballs due to many of these happening over the ocean and uninhabited regions, and during daylight, the AMS further stated.

Additionally, the colour of a fireball is also indicative of the dominant element that is being vapourised, with green indicating the presence of nickel.

Not the only cosmic event to have been visible in Singapore since 2020 began

This is not the only cosmic event to have been visible in Singapore since 2020 however.

Earlier in Jan. 5, the Quadrantids meteor shower was reported to be visible in Singapore.

It consisted of “bright, fireball meteors” appearing at up to 200 an hour.

Quadrantids meteor shower visible from S’pore on Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2020, from 4am-7am

Top photo from Violet Crystal

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