Fiery Meteor Falling Near Perth, Australia Caught on Camera Last Night
Professor Phil Bland, from Curtin University, has taken the lead on finding debris from the meteor and has asked any citizens to keep an eye out for pieces of it.
"It will look strange, it will have a black crust on it and it'll be kind of slightly rounded in a way that most terrestrial rocks aren't," he said.
Bland founded the Desert Fireball Network, an Australian organization that aims to track and collect meteorites so they can learn more about their make-up. "There's so many things we don't know about how the solar system formed, where organic material and water comes from," said Bland. "Every single (asteroid) we find we get more critical information."
#FIREBALL OVER #PERTH! Our observatory in Northam caught this bright #meteor ?and our app has been going bonkers with #citsci reports! Recreate your sighting https://t.co/z4IQHPzDJg. It's not aliens, it's a space rock burning up in our atmosphere! #CurtinMedia #curtinict pic.twitter.com/GXnV0VXKQO- Fireballs in the Sky (@FireballsSky) August 29, 2018
Another fun fact about space rocks: NASA has been building plans to destroy potentially cataclysmic asteroids before they enter Earth's atmosphere using a combination of small spacecraft (which are designed to ram the rocks off course) and nuclear weapons. Yeah, you read that right—nuclear weapons.