As a meteor enters the sky and crashes against Mount Merapi volcano in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, it creates one of the most unusual and incredible spectacles ever recorded on film (Indonesia). Yesterday, a video of the meteor posted by the account @jogjaupdate quickly went popular online.
Megadata, an Indonesian internet service provider, obtained the footage on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The CCTV film was taken at Megadata’s Kalitengah Kidul in Jogjakarta. This is also where Mount Merapi can be found. Here is the video of the meteor that lit up the sky above Mount Merapi volcano
The CCTV film is blurry and a bit fuzzy, but you can see a ball light entering the atmosphere right above Merapi volcano before it crashes into it. Gunarto Song, an Indonesian photographer who was photographing Mount Merapi volcano at that time, was able capture the meteor in all its glory. Check out these stunning photos he posted to his Instagram page!
Gunarto stated to Indonesian news portal Kumaran, that he took these images last Thursday at 11.07 p.m. from a Batu Alien area in Kaliadem Cangkringan. He has been trying to capture the Merapi volcano’s lava with sunset and sunrise views since February. He was trying to capture Merapi volcano against a backdrop of the full moon that day.
Gunarto said, “All of a sudden, a great ray of light fell from the sky onto the summit of Merapi volcano… It was very bright and swift. This is a real photograph. When I shot it, I used a 4-second exposure.”
Mount Merapi is considered sacred in Javanese mythology. It is especially revered by those who live around the area. The supernatural aura Mount Merapi enjoys among the Javanese would be reflected in this amazing video and photos of a meteor hitting Mount Merapi’s summit.