Mysterious green meteor falls to Earth sparking wild doomsday and UFO fears

A strange green meteor fell to Earth sparking speculation of a crashing satellite, UFO or even the apocalypse itself.

Video footage shared on social media shows the object flying through the sky before disappearing behind the landscape with a bright flare.

The huge incandescent green glow appears to crash near the Turkish city of Izmir at around 2am on Saturday, July 31, leading to speculation it could a piece of space junk, a falling satellite, or even a crashing UFO.

According to witnesses, a loud explosion was heard as it crashed or broke up in the atmosphere.

Writing on social media they said: "UFOs have been seen in the sky."

Another added: "Strange, bright object believed to be rocket debris crashed in Turkey. Satellite?"

A third said: "WTF is happening to this country?! I wouldn't be surprised if a planet fell on my head".

Others suggested what they were witnesses was a sign of the end times.

"Now a meteor fell on Izmir, I guess this is the end," one wrote.

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Despite the more wild suggestions of alien visitors, Space scientist, Dr Hasan Ali Dal had a more realistic explanation.

The astrophysics professor explained on Twitter that the event known as a "fireball" occurs when a meteor begins to burn up in the atmosphere.

He said: "It usually burns away in the upper atmosphere.

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"It should be considered as a more specific version of the phenomenon known as a shooting star among the people and it often experienced during periods of meteorite rains."

Earth is currently experiencing the Perseid Meteor Shower which occurs every year throughout July and August.

The phenomenon happens when Earth crosses paths with debris left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle – with the meteors travelling at around 133,200mph.

At the peak of a meteor shower, almost 50 of them can be observed.

But they almost never hit the ground.

The green tint of the Izmir meteor is likely to be down to its composition, likely having large amounts of nickel.

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