A fireball was seen by people across wide areas of western Japan in the early hours of Sunday.
NHK cameras in the prefectures of Mie, Aichi and elsewhere captured the fireball in the southern sky at 1:34 a.m.
The meteor was seen descending toward earth for a few seconds and then emitting a powerful light.
Many people in the Tokai, Kansai and Shikoku regions took to social media to report the rare scene.
An NHK reporter in the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, said the glow was so bright it could be seen through closed curtains.