[meteorite-list] Meteor Lights Up Night Sky In Australia

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:12 2004
Message-ID: <200110171549.IAA13672_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Meteor lights up night sky
The West Australian
October 17, 2001
POLICE received a number of reports of a bright flash or
explosion in the skies last night when a meteor vapourised
about 100km north-east of Perth.

Perth Observatory astronomer Peter Birch said the
two-second flash was caused by a rock the size of a cricket
ball burning up as it entered the atmosphere about 10.15pm.

Sightings were reported in Falcon, Kings Park, Ascot and
Kallaroo. Some callers reported it as a flare sighting.

The flash was spotted by the Perth Airport tower which said it
came from a north-eastern direction.

Mr Birch said it was the third meteor to enter WA skies in a

It was unlikely the meteor would have reached the ground.
Received on Wed 17 Oct 2001 11:49:02 AM PDT

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