Hundreds Record Long-Lasting Bright Fireball Over Australia, Meteorites Likely Near Canberra

Hundreds Record Long-Lasting Bright Fireball Over Australia, Meteorites Likely Near Canberra

A very bright fireball streaked across the night sky over New South Wales and Victoria, Australia around 08:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on August 4, 2018. The event lasted for more than 8 seconds and was recorded by hundreds of people. Astronomers said the object could have been between the size of a basketball and a fridge.

Hundreds of people reported seeing the meteor, David Finlay of Australian Meteor Reports said. Witnesses described a spectacular, bright orange or red to green and blue fireball.

“It was traveling east to west at super speed. It had a beautiful long bright blue tail. It split in two and then vanished. I’ve spent the last hour researching fireballs and now I’m completely hooked,” Ms. Javs wrote on AMR’s Facebook page.

Finlay said up to 700 people had joined his Facebook page since the sighting.

“I’m very confident that this meteor was large enough to survive to the ground,” he said.

According to his preliminary analysis, meteorites might have fallen around Cooma, near the Snowy Mountains south of Canberra.

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