Images of the flash and trail of light that turned the night into day in Portugal


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Searches are due to resume on Sunday morning. See the images

A “possible” large meteorite was spotted in the Portuguese and Spanish skies late on Saturday night. The phenomenon described was reported at around 11.50pm and left those who saw it incredulous.

According to reports on social media, the trail of light that crossed the atmosphere was visible over most of mainland Portugal, causing a flash of light wherever it passed, which seemed to turn day into night.

At dawn, Civil Protection deployed resources to the Castro Daire area, in the Viseu district, to respond to a “possible meteorite fall”, a source from the rescue organization told Lusa.

At around 2.45am, the search was called off and nothing was found. “At least during the night nothing has been found,” said a source from the Viseu Dão Lafões Sub-regional Command.

Six vehicles assisted by 20 operatives, from the GNR and the Castro Daire fire department, were in the Pereira area and the Montemuro mountain range, said the same source, saying that the resumption of patrols in the morning “is a possibility”, although “nothing has been decided”.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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