It came from outer space... and landed in UAE

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A small me­teor fell from space and landed in Abu Dhabi af­ter be­ing spot­ted stream­ing through the night sky, writes Ali Al Shouk. The UAE Astro­nom­i­cal Cam­eras Net­work (UACN) said the rock – which mea­sured fewer than 3cm and weighed no more than 20g – landed in an area of land to the west of Abu Dhabi Air­port near Khal­ifa City on Fri­day. Ear­lier, the In­ter­na­tional Astro­nom­i­cal Cen­tre (IAC) in Abu Dhabi tweeted pic­tures of the fire­ball at 8.15pm. “The fire­ball watched by many peo­ple and recorded by our sta­tion’s cam­eras,” the cen­tre said in a tweet. “We es­ti­mate the fire­ball be­tween 5 to 20 grams only, just like a small rock. “It’s a nat­u­ral orb. The fire­ball was from a me­teor. What reached the earth was only a small rock be­tween 1 to 3 cm.” The cen­tre said that the me­teor was trav­el­ling at 22km per sec­ond. David Fox, 49, a res­i­dent of Reem Is­land, was among those who caught a glimpse of it. He told 7DAYS: “I was sit­ting on the bal­cony, on my build­ing at the very end of Reem Is­land, and I saw a big flash across the sky. “My wife has seen a few over the last few nights too.” The cam­eras net­work is a joint-op­er­a­tion be­tween the IAC, the UAE Space Agency and other agen­cies. It con­sists of sky-pointed cam­eras lo­cated at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the United Arab Emi­rates. The cam­eras au­to­mat­i­cally be­gin record­ing once a fast­mov­ing ob­ject is de­tected in the sky.

FIRE­BALL: The Astro­nom­i­cal Cen­tre in Abu Dhabi cap­tured this im­age of the in­com­ing me­teor shortly af­ter 8pm on Fri­day

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