'Meteor' lights up Gilgit-Baltistan, leaves residents puzzled

Published: March 16, 2017
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GILGIT: A suspected meteor lit up the skies in Gilgit-Baltistan late on Wednesday, leaving residents puzzled and terrified.

Bright light trails could be seen over G-B’s skies only for only a few seconds, but the sonic boom that followed some five seconds later was more widely heard.

The ‘blasts’ could be heard in areas such as Gilgit, Ghizer, Diamer and Skardu at roughly 9:15 am. “I was near my house when suddenly I saw a bright light in the sky,” said Jehangir Naji, a Gilgit-based journalist.

“The light was followed by huge explosions,” Naji added.

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Shabuddin Ghori, another journalist in Chilas town of Diamer district posted online that the valley heard mysterious explosions after it was seemingly lit up by a star.

Jabir Ali, another resident, said that he saw a light heading towards Gilgit. The Gilgit Information Department released a statement saying that a large meteorite has passed over Gilgit and Ghizer.

Further, the statement said, the object was travelling very low and illuminated the surrounding areas in the process.

“It broke the sound barrier, causing the ‘explosions’ heard in all villages from Gilgit to Shandur Top,” the statement read.

Meteors are pieces of comet or asteroid from outer space that create a fireball as they hit the Earth’s atmosphere.

Those that survive the intense heat and friction and reach the surface without breaking up are known as meteorites, and are sought after by scientists for the information they can give about the early solar system.

It was not clear if the meteor crashed or broke up in the sky. The terrain between the city of Gilgit and the Wakhan Corridor is extremely remote and home to some of the highest mountains in the world.

There were no immediate reports of any meteor in Afghanistan.

The military released no official statement on the incident, and authorities from Pakistan’s space agency, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, could not immediately comment, AFP reported.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Mostly Bull
    Mar 16, 2017 - 6:10PM

    Raw, Mossad, MI6 conspiracy against pak.Recommend

  • YJS
    Mar 16, 2017 - 7:09PM

    It was 2 UFOsRecommend

  • Asif
    Mar 16, 2017 - 7:54PM

    Aha I witness this metor here in Peshawar around 9.15..Recommend

  • Sara
    Mar 16, 2017 - 8:54PM

    If it would have been in India, they would have caught it on the pretext of “Pakistani spy meteor”Recommend

  • mahdi
    Mar 16, 2017 - 9:57PM

    i dun know what was in the sky,but yes i heard explosion sound,i was in my room my mother came there and asked me what,s going on.. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 17, 2017 - 4:25AM

    If you have heard an explosion then you are fine because these Meteors are 100 times faster than speed of sound. Secondly, our brothers of north have cut almost every tree, therefore there is no chance of wild fire. Stay ignorant, far from science and scared.Recommend

  • MR
    Mar 17, 2017 - 3:17PM

    Meteoroids are nothing but the waste of space. Once they enter in the Earth atmosphere they becomes comets and we welcome unwillingly :(

    All praises be to Allah almighty that there is no harm due to this.Recommend

  • MR is wrong
    Mar 17, 2017 - 8:10PM

    MR, comets are balls of ice and dust in outer space, not a meteor that entered earth’s atmosphere. And meteorites definitely are not a waste of space. We can learn a lot from them. You can also make a good amount of money if you find meteroites. As for comets, there is speculation that they are what brought water to earth.Recommend

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