A couple of images showing a meteor are being widely shared on social media with a claim that these were shot in Thailand in June 2021. The above post started circulating after multiple social media posts said that residents in Chiang Mai and other areas in northern Thailand reportedly saw flashes of light in the sky followed by loud noise on June 23, 2021.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) confirmed the event was due to a meteor that had broken off from an asteroid and entered the earth’s atmosphere.
The text embedded in the image translates to, “Who is in Chiang Mai, they said a loud noise was heard along with green light during around 18:35 it is [an] #asteroid!!! #Chiangrai #meteor”.
(Original Text: ใครอยู่เชียงใหม่บ้าง เค้าบอกว่าเสียงดังๆพร้อมแสงสีเขียวๆตอนช่วง 18.35 น. คือ #อุกกาบาต !!! #เชียงราย #ดาวตก)
The post is being shared on Facebook with a caption in Thai-language that translates to, “What’s wrong with Chiang Mai?? #meteor #meteorite #ghost shot south #farmer mack”
(Original Text: เชียงใหม่ มีอะไรน้ออ?? #ดาวตก #อุกาบาต #ผีพุ่งใต้ #ชาวนาแมก)
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The post has gone viral on Facebook.
NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be misleading.
Doing a simple Reverse Image Search of this image directed us to an Instagram post by weather photographer Marko Korosec published on October 31, 2015.
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The caption of the image reads, “This spectacular and very bright bolide (fireball) from Southern Taurids meteor shower was observed this evening at 18:12 UTC, Oct 30th, 2015. Looking towards south from Brkini, SW Slovenia.”
Here’s the comparison of the first image in the viral post and Korosec’s photo:
The image was also shared on the website Spaceweather.com on October 31, 2015, and it was credited to Marko Korosec only.
Doing a Reverse Image Search, we found that this image corresponds to the 59-second mark of a YouTube video posted on November 2, 2015.
The video’s caption reads, “Collection of the November 2, 2015 meteorite clips in Thailand”. Translated from, “รวมคลิป อุกกาบาต ตก 2 พ.ย. 2558 ประเทศไทย”
Here’s the comparison of the second image in the viral post and its corresponding screengrab in the YouTube video:
Video clips showing the same meteor were also shown in news reports aired on November 4, 2015, by a Thai broadcaster.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral images are unrelated to recent meteor sightings in Thailand.
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