Photographer captures shooting star falling into a volcano in Indonesia


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A photographer captured the spectacular moment a shooting star fell into a volcano in Indonesia.

Gunarto Song set up his device on a popular mountain viewing site called Batu Alien or ‘Alien Rock’ when the bright flash of light landed on the mouth of the volcano in Central Java just before midnight on June 1.

The nature photographer said he visited the site as he only wanted to record the nighttime scenery of Mount Merapi but did not expect to chance upon the meteorite.

He said: ‘I set the shutter speed at four seconds to capture how the shooting star travelled but it was actually round-shaped. It was so fast I had to check my camera twice.’

Aside from him, researchers were monitoring the Mount Merapi which was the most active volcano in the country as it regularly erupted since 1548.

However, Gunarto apparently have chosen the best spot to capture the shooting star where it was clearly shown to have touched down the volcano’s mouth.

Mount Merapi is the most active volcano in Indonesia, which is located on the border of Magelang and Sleman regencies.

It erupts every five to ten years on average and is feared for its avalanches of hot rocks and gas that are generated when parts of new lava domes in the summit crater collapse and slide down the mountain.