05Aug2018

Huge Meteor Streaking Across The Sky Over NSW, Victoria

Hundreds of people across New South Wales and Victoria have reported seeing a large meteor streak across the sky. People from the NSW north coast and south to Gippsland in Victoria saw the flash of light.

Meteor streaking across the sky over NSW, Victoria captured by dashcam

It moved across the sky for several seconds at about 6:30pm on Saturday, with some reports that it was red, green and blue in colour. Amateur astronomer David Finlay said several hundred people across the state reported seeing the meteor, and people had posted dashcam vision to social media.

“It’s definitely a meteor. It’s not space junk, this isn’t a plane falling out of the sky, it’s not a UFO,” he said. “Just going by the speed and how this object is behaving, it’s a large meteor — a very large meteor.” Mr Finlay said up to 700 people had joined his Facebook page, Australian Meteor Reports, since the sighting.

“I’m very confident that this meteor was large enough to survive to the ground,” he said. “We’ve got hundreds [of sightings] already. “People are just going crazy, I can’t keep up with it. Reports are coming in by the second.”

Sharlone Graham posted to the site: “Not sure what my husband and I just saw near Newcastle NSW at approximately 6:30pm on the New England Highway Hexham, meteor or fireball. Orange with green/blue tail! Never saw anything like it before in my life!!”

“I saw the same thing in Darlinghurst,” wrote Noulene Van Heerden. “It moved at a medium speed and it was burning with a tail behind it. “I watched until it disappeared. It was almost as if it burnt itself out. So amazing to see!”

Pinpointing a fall location

Mr Finlay has been sent some dashcam footage of the meteor, shot from Sydney, and is calling for more people from further afield with video or photographs to come forward. “The more data we can get on this thing the more accurate we can determine a fall location,” he said.  He currently thinks the meteor may have landed around Cooma near the NSW Snowy Mountains.

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Photo: The meteor spotted from Merimbula on the NSW south coast. (Facebook: Rik Schnabel)

Amateur astronomer David Finlay said several hundred people across the state reported seeing the meteor, and people had posted dashcam vision to social media. “It’s definitely a meteor. It’s not space junk, this isn’t a plane falling out of the sky, it’s not a UFO,” he said. “Just going by the speed and how this object is behaving, it’s a large meteor — a very large meteor.”

Mr Finlay said up to 700 people had joined his Facebook page, Australian Meteor Reports, since the sighting. “I’m very confident that this meteor was large enough to survive to the ground,” he said. “We’ve got hundreds [of sightings] already. “People are just going crazy, I can’t keep up with it. Reports are coming in by the second.”

Sharlone Graham posted to the site: “Not sure what my husband and I just saw near Newcastle NSW at approximately 6:30pm on the New England Highway Hexham, meteor or fireball. Orange with green/blue tail! Never saw anything like it before in my life!!” “I saw the same thing in Darlinghurst,” wrote Noulene Van Heerden. “It moved at a medium speed and it was burning with a tail behind it. “I watched until it disappeared. It was almost as if it burnt itself out. So amazing to see!”

Pinpointing a fall location

Mr Finlay has been sent some dashcam footage of the meteor, shot from Sydney, and is calling for more people from further afield with video or photographs to come forward. “The more data we can get on this thing the more accurate we can determine a fall location,” he said. He currently thinks the meteor may have landed around Cooma near the NSW Snowy Mountains. Credit: ABC

Huge meteor hits earth near US military base – Air Force silent

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A METEOR hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotonnes of force last month, but the US Air Force has made no mention of the event. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size travelling at 24.4 kilometres per second struck earth in Greenland, just 43 kilometres north of an early missile warning Thule Air Base on the 25th of July, 2018.

Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, tweeted about the impact, but America’s Air Force has not reported the event. We’re still here, so they correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike. There are nearly 2,000 nukes on alert, ready to launch. pic.twitter.com/q01oJfRUp4

Mr Kristensen argues it’s concerning there was no public warning from the US government about the incident. “Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force,” he writes on Business Insider.

Mr Kristensen points to the example of the Chelyabinsk meteor, a 20-metre space rock that exploded in the air over Russia without warning on the 15th of February 2013. It was the size of a house, brighter than the sun and visible up to 100 kilometres away. About 1500 people were injured by glass from windows smashing or other effects of the meteor’s impact as it crashed to earth, the biggest known human toll from a space rock.

A local shop was damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013. Picture: AFP

A local shop was damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013. Picture: AFPSource:News Limited

“The Chelyabinsk event drew widespred attention to what more needs to be done to detect even larger asteroids before they strike our planet,” said NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson. “This was a cosmic wake-up call.”

Following the 2013 incident, the International Asteroid Warning Network was established to assist governments to detect and respond to Near Earth Objects. But an asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere is not uncommon. According to a study referenced by Mr Kristensen, a meteor struck earth every 13 days over a 20-year-period. Most break apart upon entering the atmosphere and are “harmless”.

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