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"Fireball" lights up Thai skies and there could be more

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A large bright fireball, likely part of the annual Taurid meteor shower, briefly turned night into day, over several parts of Thailand last night.

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"Fireball" lights up Thai skies and there could be more

A large bright fireball briefly turned night into day over several parts of Thailand last night.

Astronomers say more such sightings are possible since this is the time of year when the Taurid meteor shower makes its annual appearance in the sky.

The suspected meteor was seen in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Pathom, among other provinces, around 8.35pm.

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Residents of the Tai Ping condominium on Bangkok's Soi Ekamai said the fireball briefly turned night into day.

Dashcams from many vehicles caught the scene and netizens quickly went to twitter to describe what they saw.

"I could see it clearly in Chum Phae district, Khon Kaen province. It's moving west," said @Libpon on her Twitter account sent to JS100.

"I saw it on the expressway on my way to the Rama II exit, too," said @Kinokim_knk on another account.

The Thai Astronomical Society Facebook page was so overwhelmed with questions that it had to put out a lengthy question and answer section, explaining that the bright light was a likely fireball, a very bright meteor caused by a meteoroid. Since it likely burned up completely, it was probably not a meteorite.

The American Meteor Society has a more detailed explanation:

"Every October and November the two branches of the Taurid meteor shower become active. The Taurids are not known for their high numbers, rather they are known more for the fireballs they produce. Occasionally there are more Taurid fireballs than normal. 2015 may be such a year.

"Typically, Taurids appear at a rate of about 5 per hour, moving across the sky at about 27 kilometers per second, or 105,000kms per hour."

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Vocabulary:

annual : happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี

appear : to be seen - ปรากฏ

appearance (noun): an act of appearing; an act of appearing in public - การปรากฎตัว

astronomer : a scientist who studies astronomy, the scientific study of the sun, moon, stars, planets, etc. - นักดาราศาสตร์

branch : (of a road or river) to be joined to another road or river but lead in a different direction - แตกแขนง, แตกกิ่ง

briefly : for a short time - ชั่วครู่, สั้นๆ, ในเวลาสั้นๆ

condominium (noun): an apartment building or group of houses in which each flat/apartment/house is owned by the person living in it but the shared areas are owned by everyone together - คอนโดมิเนียม

dashcam (noun): a small video camera installed inside a motor vehicle which records the road ahead as it is moving. -

meteor : a piece of rock from outer space that makes a bright line across the night sky as it burns up while falling through the earth's atmosphere - ดาวตก

meteorite : a piece of rock from outer space that hits the earth's surface - อุกกาบาต, ดาวตก, สะเก็ดดาว

meteoroid (noun): a small rocky or metallic body travelling through space which becomes a meteor when heated by entry into the earth's atmosphere -

netizen : a person who uses the Internet a lot - พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์

normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

occasionally : sometimes, but not frequently or regularly - บางครั้งบางคราว

overwhelm : to be in such great amount that a person cannot deal with it - ท่วมท้น

resident : a person who lives in a particular place - ผู้พักอาศัย

scene : a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are - วิว,,ภาพ, ทิวทัศน์,ทัศนียภาพ

section : any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน

shower (noun): a large number of things that arrive or fall together - สิ่งที่ตกลงมาเหมือนฝน (เช่น ดาวตก, ผีพุ่งไต้, ลูกปืน)

sighting : an occasion when somebody sees somebody/something, especially something unusual or something that lasts for only a short time - โอกาสที่จะได้เห็น

suspected : thought to be something - เป็นที่สงสัย

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