A ball of light was seen painting the Yuen Long bright green for a flash last night. The same mysterious light was seen zipping across Bangkok’s night sky on Monday, with a celebrity fortune teller interpreting it as a sign that doomsday was coming.
Sorry to rain on your parade, Nostradamus 2.0, but those burning green fires were not foretelling future death and destruction. While their vibrancy fooled us into thinking they were some kind of silent Bonfire Night display, they are most likely fragments of a comet which has been disintegrating for the past 20,000-30,000 years. So you may have missed the boat on that one.
The “fireballs” are called Taurids, and occur around late October and early November every year, earning them the nickname of “Halloween fireballs”. And here we were, losing our minds over regular old Halloween balls.
Surprisingly, a Taurid was also filmed in Yuen Long two weeks ago, ages before they’re normally due to appear (what a keen bean). We’re a tad disappointed that we didn’t get to see them on HK island, but at least now we know where to be with our necks craned this time next year!