Science Space Blazing Fireball Over Finland Turns Night Into Day By Noel Kirkpatrick Writer Georgia State University Young Harris College Noel Kirkpatrick is an editor and writer based in Tacoma, Washington. He covers many topics including science and the environment. our editorial process Noel Kirkpatrick Updated November 21, 2017 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Science Space Natural Science Technology Agriculture Energy At around 6:40 p.m. local time in Lapland Finland, Tony Bateman, who runs Aurora Service Tours, felt his cottage "violently" shake as he heard a loud boom. Since it's Finland — not a place where you'd expect to experience earthquakes — Bateman went outside to make sure no trees had fallen around his house. Everything seemed fine, so Bateman shrugged off the whole experience. Thirty minutes later, he received a phone call asking if he was OK. The caller let him know that a meteorite had flown over Lapland and crashed in Inari, about 100 miles north. Bateman, who runs a tour company dedicated to following the northern lights, keeps a video feed going of his house to better catch the aurora borealis. When he checked the feed, the video above is what he saw: A fireball blazing across the sky, out of the frame, and lighting up the night so brightly that it looks like it's practically the middle of the afternoon for a few seconds. According to other reports, the fireball could be seen and heard as far away as Norway and Russia's Kola peninsula. Indeed, a Norwegian meteorite network describe's the fireball's brightness as having "the glow of 100 moons." It's possible that the meteorite was an especially bright and close-flying Leonid meteor. The Leonid meteor shower typically peaks around mid-November every year.