Watch: Bright Meteoritic Explosion Captured on New Zealand Dash Cam

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:18AM
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 11:18AM
Watch: Bright Meteoritic Explosion Captured on New Zealand Dash Cam

A beautiful bright flash over the night sky of New Zealand's South Island was captured on camera earlier this week and experts believe the celestial fireshow was likely caused by a meteor explosion. According to the New Zealand Herald, multiple reports describing a bright blue flash followed by a loud boom were submitted from areas across the country's South Island.

 

Youtube user Josh Sherbourne caught the spectacular event on his car's dashcam as he was driving to the gym.

 

 

Joel Schliff, a meteorite expert told the Herald that based on the footage and reports of the explosion, the event was "almost certainly some extra terrestrial material". This doesn't mean Schliff is suggesting the event was caused by alien aircraft, more that the explosion was the result of some form of space material heating up as it speeds into our atmosphere. 

 

As of yet, there aren't any reports of debris being found, and considering New Zealand's relatively small land mass and the expanse of ocean that surrounds it, it would seem unlikely that they ever will. ""They can explode in the atmosphere and rain down debris and if it happens to be over the land you're in luck. New Zealand is a narrow target and it depends on the path it was going and whether it went out to sea or broke up over land," said Schiff.

 

For a handy guide to meteor terminology, check out this American Meteor Society Infographic

 

 

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