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Whoa! Suspected Meteor Adds Fireworks to Argentina Concert (Video)

Some rock concerts use fireworks to dazzle concert-goers, but it is something else entirely when Mother Nature creates the light show. An amazing video released by the Associated Press on Monday (April 22) reveals just that:  A dazzling fireball that by sheer coincidence flares up just after the end of a set.

So what do you think of the video? According to the Associated Press, the fireball occurred on Sunday (April 21) during a concert in Salta, a city in northern Argentina, by the folk music band Los Tekis. It was an outdoor concert and, as you can see in the video above, it drew a good crowd. So it wasn't surprising to hear the cheers from the crowd for both the band, and later the fireball itself.  It remains to be seen if this fireball was related to the Lyridmeteor shower, which peaked over the weekend. [See amazing photos of the Lyrid meteor shower]

The night sky is a wondrous  — and sometimes scary — place, with nearly 100 tons of material falling into Earth's skies every day. Most of that stuff, though, is just harmless dust. But when something larger burns up or explodes in the atmosphere,  it can be both amazing and frightening.  We saw a perfect example of that on Feb. 15 when a small meteor exploded over Russia, blowing out windows and damaging thousands of buildings in the city of Chelyabinsk and injuring more than 1,200 people. According to SPACE.com's skywatching columnist Joe Rao, the night sky's fireball season is at its peak now and it's possible that bright, rogue meteors may light up the night sky. So keep your eyes peeled and if you see anything, let us know my sending me comments and photos or videos at: spacephotos@space.com. Keep looking up!

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Tariq Malik
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Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of Space.com and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became Space.com's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award (opens in new tab) for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at Space.com and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast (opens in new tab) with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network (opens in new tab). To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik (opens in new tab).