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Phenomenon ‘lit up’ Portugal and (also) made news around the world

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The night of Saturday, the 18th, was marked by the passage of a comet through the skies of Portugal and Spain. Some people saw green and blue light at the moment when dawn broke – and social networks were ‘flooded’ with videos of the moment.

But, if here (and in the neighboring country) the phenomenon made a lot of ink flow, the same happened abroad, with various media from ‘the four corners of the world’ reporting the comet’s ‘visit’ to our territory.

In France, Le Figaro was one of the newspapers that highlighted the phenomenon, publishing a video of the moment of the passage, similar to Le Parisien. Also, BFMTV wrote an article, with a strong component of images, as well as HuffPost France.

In the United Kingdom, Sky News wrote that a “blue fireball streaks across night sky in Spain and Portugal”, showing one of the videos of the moment. Also, Sky News Australia reported the news, emphasizing that the object was traveling at a speed of 45 kilometers per second before falling into the ocean.

The most talked-about moment of the weekend in Portugal also reached the other side of the Atlantic, in The New York Times, and the New York Post, from the USA, as well as in CNN Brasil and g1, from Globo, which pointed out that the “residents recorded the moment on social networks”.

In India, The Times of India wrote that the “black sky turned blue” as the object passed “through the skies of Portugal and Spain”. The Hindustan Times also highlighted the fact that many social media users shared videos and photos of the exact moment when it all happened.

It is worth remembering that, initially, the European Space Agency indicated, through the social network X (formerly Twitter) that the phenomenon was an “incredible meteor”, and then, in an ‘update’ publication, explained that “the object was a small piece of a comet”.

Despite the low chances of finding the fragments – if they exist – it is possible to make a more accurate calculation of where the object may have fallen. According to José Augusto Matos, from the Physics Association of the University of Aveiro, he explained to Notícias ao Minuto, that there is an observation network of the Andalusian Institute in the Iberian Peninsula, which “recorded the passage”.

“We can try to reconstruct the trajectory, but even so, assuming that it fell in Castro Daire, due to its size [of the fragment], it will not be easy” to find, he pointed out.

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