Eliot Mahlase
1 minute read
3 May 2019
10:30 am

WATCH: Rare shooting star captured falling in Pretoria

Eliot Mahlase

Rare dash cam footage of a falling star in Pretoria on Thursday night has set social media alight.

Photo for illustrative purposes. Image: iStock

Social media was abuzz on Thursday night after a Pretoria resident posted rare video footage of a shooting star in the city online, reports Centurion Rekord.

This rare astronomical show happened just before 8.30pm on Thursday.

In the video, taken by Clinton Kruger, a meteor is seen flashing through Pretoria’s night skies.

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Speaking to Centurion Rekord, Kruger said it was astonishing to see a shooting star in Pretoria.

“I was on the N1 north just before the N4 interchange when I saw it. It was actually much bigger than was captured in the video,” he said.

“I was driving with my cousin and my stepfather, and none of us expected to see something like it. It was exciting to experience something so unique and to have it on camera is special.”

Shooting stars are lights that are sometimes visible in the night sky, which are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up.

Watch the rare footage below:

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