Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Meteor Over Perth, Western Australia
Video is available from the Seven Network for Sunday 4 December, 2005.
Quote from the Perth Observatory:
Last Saturday December 3, at about 8:50pm WAST, a spectacularly bright meteor gave a lot of people in the south-west an experience to remember. Entering the atmosphere near the south coast and travelling north-east, the fireball sported a fine tail and went from being a brilliant white at first, to finally being greenish with yellow-orange sparks towards the end of its trajectory. Sighting reports came from a wide area including Albany, Bunbury, Perth, Jurien, Northam, Coolgardie, and many points between. Many observers reported sonic booms – shock waves sounding like prolonged thunder. We estimate that the trajectory went from the vicinity of Manjimup and Bridgetown, across Wagin, and onwards to a point between Southern Cross and Coolgardie: a distance of several hundred kilometres in a matter of seconds. This sort of speed is characteristic of meteors, not man-made space junk. The bolide – the burning object – was probably a small piece of asteroid, perhaps no bigger than a basketball. We don't expect any meteorite to be found . Usually meteors burn away completely, well above the Earth's surface ( luckily for us ground-dwellers). All that's left is dust, slowly settling ....
posted by Tony 4:14 PM
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