A series of photos of the Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi, taken by a photographer, appear as if a laser is erupting from the massive peak of the volcano, but it is most likely a meteorite, according to experts.
Indonesian photographer Junarto Song took the photos on May 28, which have so far gained more than 28,000 likes.
He commented on the photos, saying: “Did a meteorite fall over the top of Mount Merapi?”
However, it’s possible that the strange green light stems from two meteor shower events, the Eta Aquarius meteor showers and the Aritidate meteor showers, which occur during that time, according to the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN).
The beam was captured in a still photograph and confirmed by the CCTV camera of the volcano by Kalitengah Kidul Post for a few seconds.
“Therefore, from these data, it can be assumed that the flash of green light that appears near Mount Merapi may be associated with the activity of meteor showers,” the National Aeronautics and Space Institute wrote on its website.
The Eta Aquarids showers occurred between 19 April and 28 May, while the Arietids began on 14 May and will continue until 24 June.
As for the bright green color, this can likely be explained by the level of magnesium in the space rock.
“Given that the emitted light is green, it is possible that the meteor circling Merapi was dominated by the element magnesium,” the institute explained.
A piece of asteroid or comet is known as a meteorite. When it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it turns into a meteor, fireball, or meteor. Pieces that reach Earth are classified as meteorites.
Mount Merapi is located on the border of Central Java and the special area of Yogyakarta, and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It last erupted on March 27, 2021, with previous eruptions occurring twice in March 2020.
Indonesia is located in the “Ring of Fire”, a tectonic plate in the Pacific Ocean that produces frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
Source: Daily Mail