Fiery Meteor Falling Near Perth, Australia Caught on Camera Last Night

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 - 1:23PM
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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 - 1:23PM
Fiery Meteor Falling Near Perth, Australia Caught on Camera Last Night
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Image Credit: Screenshot from YouTube/The Guardian
No matter how many times you see one, watching a meteor fall to Earth is still surreal—especially the most recent one near Perth. Luckily for us (and scientists from Perth Observatory), multiple videos caught the asteroid chunk falling from different angles. In one clip, recorded in black and white, shows the meteor falling to Earth like a huge, lazy flare, illuminating the sky as it goes. In another, it's a brief, bright flicker that streaks downward and disappears. In one of the more vivid videos, we see a brilliant orange fireball streaking across the sky and shining through the clouds.



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.

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"It will look distinct, it'll look odd, also they're usually a little bit heavier than average rocks.
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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."


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.
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