A photographer took pictures of the Indonesian volcano Mount Merapi, which appears as if a laser is erupting from the massive peak of the volcano, but it is most likely a meteorite, according to experts. 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-Aquatic meteor showers, and the Artidian 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.
The National Aeronautics and Space Institute wrote, 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 Eta Aquarids meteor showers occurred between April 19 and May 28, while the Arietids started on May 14 and will continue until June 24. As for the bright green color, this can likely be explained by the level of magnesium in the space rock.
The institute said, given that the emitted light is green, it is possible that the meteorite hovering around Merapi was dominated by the element magnesium.
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 District 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 results in frequent seismic and volcanic activity.