Mysterious Fireball Raised Panic in Australia and Now Scientists Are Hunting for Meteor Remnants (Stunning Videos!)

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A mysterious fireball was seen by lots of people late Tuesday night above a heavily populated area of Australia, prompting locals and scientists hunt for any chunks the speeding space rock may have left behind.

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Australian meteor

A common Tuesday night ended with a spectacular phenomenon for the residents of the Australian city of Perth late Tuesday (Aug. 28). A fireball lit up the sky reportedly generating a powerful shockwave that rattled houses in the area.

Likely for all of us, some observers caught the dramatic event on video and sent the footage to the Perth Observatory.

Footage of tonight's meteor we received from people around Perth

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Eyewitnesses reported thinking that it was lightning on the horizon before realizing it was something entirely different. According to a local ABC affiliate, several people called emergency service numbers out of fear that they had just witnessed a UFO crash or landing.

“We heard the boom; we saw the light. We just thought it was lightning to start with, but the boom that came after it was definitely not thunder,” Robyn Garratt, a resident of York — which lies about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia — said in an interview with ABC Radio.

“In York, people felt a lot more than that,” Garratt added. “They all went running outside, thinking the sky was falling, basically.”

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Source: Twitter

Meteor hunt

Now, everybody’s searching for what might have left from the space visitor before remnants either buried by soil and dust or scooped up by a private citizen who might want to keep it for themselves. Any remnants of the meteor will be dark gray or black in color, and likely smooth on the outside due to the intense heat it endured as it sped towards the ground.

Curtin University professor Phil Bland told CNN it was “almost certainly” a chunk of asteroid coming through the atmosphere, an event which he said occurs only a couple of times a year.
Bland is the founder of the Desert Fireball Network, a group of scientists working to track the path of meteors and asteroids across the night sky, with a goal to building a “geological map of the solar system.”

He called for anyone who finds an unusual lump of rock to give him a call, saying he’d be “chuffed” to find 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. It will look distinct, it’ll look odd, also they’re usually a little bit heavier than average rocks,” he said.


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End of the World or Just Meteor? Mysterious Fireball Rised Panic in Australia and Now Scientists Are Hunting for Remnants (Stunning Video)
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End of the World or Just Meteor? Mysterious Fireball Rised Panic in Australia and Now Scientists Are Hunting for Remnants (Stunning Video)
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A mysterious fireball was seen by lots of people late Tuesday night above a heavily populated area of Australia, prompting locals and scientists hunt for any chunks the speeding space rock may have left behind.
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