Bright fireball explodes over Tokyo, sonic boom reported, Japan

A bright fireball streaked across Japan’s capital Tokyo at 17:32 UTC on July 1, 2020 (02:32 JST, July 2). Many people reported hearing a sonic boom minutes after the meteor exploded, which is considered rare, according to the National Astronomical Observatory. Daichi Fujii, a curator at Hiratsuka City Museum in Kanagawa Prefecture, caught the spectacular phenomenon with a camera installed at his home. The fireball traveled from west to east.  Many residents reported hearing a sonic boom minutes after the fireball exploded. “A few minutes later, I heard a roar that could be heard indoors, which may be relevant,” one of the locals said. “I thought a person living [in the condo] above knocked down a shelf,” one Twitter user wrote. “I thought my child sleeping on the second floor fell out of bed,” another one posted. Other residents said the explosion sounded like a thunder…..Read More