Meteor Streaks Across the Sky Above Mount Fuji

As if Mount Fuji wasn’t majestic enough on its own, views of Japan’s tallest peak were briefly graced by a meteor earlier Tuesday. 

Video of the event, which was posted to Twitter around 7 p.m. local time, captures the moment the fireball entered the field of view above Mount Fuji before quickly burning out in a blaze of glory.

Meteors burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere daily and sightings aren’t uncommon, especially during early October when the Draconid meteor shower is in full swing. The Draconids, which peaked last weekend, are best spotted in the evening, rather than closer to dawn, which makes sense given the time of the video.

There will be six more meteor showers in 2022, so perhaps we’ll get to enjoy more spectacular sightings before year’s end.

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