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Amateur photographer captures brilliant meteor over northeast Australia



  The light bubble in the image was probably produced by the meteor, which began to fragment, says ANU astrophysicist Brad Tucker.

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The light bubble in the image was probably produced by the meteor, which began to fragment, says ANU astrophysicist Brad Tucker.

A meteor illuminated sky in southeastern Queensland, Australia in shades of brilliant aqua on Saturday night.

Craig Turton, an amateur photographer who had hoped to catch fog at North Pine Dam near Brisbane that night, was fortunate enough to catch the meteor when he was met with a clear night.

At his second long exposure shot of the night, Turton, project manager and amateur photographer, was shot.

"I was lucky that the exposure was right," said turton. "If it were all overexposed, it would have been terrible."

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5 second long exposure Turton used on his DSLR to capture the light of weak stars in the night sky allowed the camera to enter the meteor brightness as it fell.

"I saw it come right down into the sky so I just hoped while the exposure went that I actually caught it," he said.

The light bubble in the image was probably produced by the meteor, which began to fragment, said Australian national universe, astrophysicist Brad Tucker.

"The bright part is probably where it breaks and makes the sonic boom and then fizzles it out," Tucker said.

Social media users a Cross Queensland reported hearing the boom, and Turton said he also felt a shockwave moments later that felt like a thunderbolt in the distance.

Tucker said the boom and the fragmentation were caused by the meteor that hit the Earth's atmosphere.

"[The meteor] is probably about a meter wide," Tucker said. "It's just based on how bright it is, but also that people could hear the sound boom."

"The blue-green color dictates that it was a real ironnick-rich meteor," he said, adding that such a composition was common to meteors that earth meets.

Tucker said it was unlikely that all major parts of the meteor hit the ground after the fragmentation, even though he said some smaller pieces could have made it to the ground.

The Earth is currently going through Taurid Swarm, an area of ​​unusually large waste from a comet, but Tucker said he was not convinced that the meteor, which fell on Saturday night, was from the swarm.

"For this I think too much [to be from the swarm] Tucker said," It can always be, but it's hard to say. "

" It could just be another random space rock because there are many them. "

Tucker said about 200 tons of meteors hit the ground every day, and since 1994, more than 12 meteors have been more powerful than a nuclear bomb. [19659005]" That's a lot, "Tucker said.


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