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'Make a Wish': Astronaut Captures Fireball Entering Earth's Atmosphere (VIDEO)

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This footage once again confirms how beautiful the Earth looks from outer space.

Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is currently on board the International Space Station, has published a video of a meteoroid entering our planet's dense atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean.

He tweeted that he was lucky to be able to film the celestial object, which he said was moving toward Earth at a tremendous speed.

The space.com website suggested that the fireball could have belonged either to the Taurid or the Leonid meteor shower, which peaked shortly after Nespoli made the video on November 5.

The website quoted Detlef Koschny, co-manager of the near-Earth object (NEO) segment of the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Space Situational Awareness program, as saying that it "indeed looks like a bright meteor, or fireball."

At the same time, Koschny did not exclude that the object could be "a re-entering piece of orbiting space debris."

According to Rudiger Jehn, another co-manager of ESA's NEO program, the object's speed was "twice as fast as a typical meteor."

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