A blue-green fireball appeared over the skies of Australia last night. This was in an event that captured awe-struck observers located on the ground. The object appeared on the sky a little before 1:00 am local time. Witness accounts were reported from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Southern Australia. This news was reported by ABC News. The nature of the object has not yet been confirmed, but experts say that it could have been a natural occurrence.
The fireball remained visible in the sky for a long amount of time, so observers on the ground were able to capture the scene with the cameras of their phones. Multiple witnesses uploaded their scenes to the Australian Meteor Reports Facebook page, such as this unbelievable view of the fireball, as can be seen from Barrow Island.
The fireball caused the night sky to glow in shades of blue and green. Glen Nagle, a scientist affiliated with the CSIRO-NASA tracking station located in Canberra, mentioned that the color was probably caused by a generous amount of iron in the object, when speaking to ABC News. Renae Sayers, who is a research ambassador at Curtin University’s, a center for space, technology, and science, declared that the object was probably a natural one, because it had a strong and clean line over the night sky.
In an interview with ABC News, Sayers explain that the object we usually see are space debris or things like a satellite burning up. This is because there are things burning in the sky. As solar panels go all over the place, there are hunk of metal on fire and moving all around our atmosphere. While these meteors, also known as shooting stars, are certainly an impressive sight to witness, they are actually one of the most common space occurrences.
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