A light green meteor streaked over Tasmania’s southern coast, Australia, and scientists captured the fireball on camera as it broke up over the sea.
The meteor lit up in the night sky on Wednesday (November 18) at 21:21 local Tasmanian time (05:21 EST and 1021 GMT). A livestream camera on the Investigator research vessel, operated by Australia’s National Science Agency, CSIRO, captured an incredible view of the fireball as it fell from space and disintegrated across the Tasman Sea.
“What we saw while reviewing the livestream footage amazed us; the meteor̵
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The livestream camera on board the Investigator works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That meteor was captured when the ship was about 100 kilometers south of the Tasmanian coast, where it is stationed to map the seabed in Huon Marine Park, conduct oceanographic surveys and conduct sea trials for a variety of marine equipment, according to CSIRO (which stands for “Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization “).
Meteors are clumps of space rock that enter the Earth’s atmosphere, and they often go unnoticed in uninhabited areas such as the Southern Ocean.
“Many meteors once were asteroids, traveling through space on their own orbit. This changes when they pass close to Earth, where they may be affected by its gravity, “said Glen Nagle, a researcher at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, in the statement. When they enter our atmosphere, they become meteors – and their entry can be visually spectacular. “
Footage of the meteor streaking across the night sky was captured in black and white, but observers said the bright flash of light seemed green to the naked eye. While there have been reports of further sightings in the area, no other photos or videos have been shared by the meteor.
“Cameras are everywhere, in our pockets and around our cities, but they need to be pointed in the right place at the right time – the RV Investigator was in that place and time,” Nagle said in the statement.
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