Residents recall meteor moments

Albany Advertiser
Bruce Millar caught the flash of the meteor on camera.
Camera IconBruce Millar caught the flash of the meteor on camera. Credit: Bruce Millar

Houses shook and night turned to day as a meteor hurtled across the Great Southern sky last week.

The Advertiser received a flurry of reports of a flash in the sky followed by what sounded like an explosion just before midnight on Friday.

“It sounded like a bomb had exploded right next to my house,” Bayonet resident Susan Vernon said.

Albany woman Kaitlin-Anne Page said the meteor “lit up the whole sky”.

“We saw the whole thing falling. It was a huge flash, kind of like a huge firework but heading towards the ground,” Ms Page said.

“We could see trees for kilometres.”

Bruce Millar caught the flash of the meteor on camera.
Camera IconBruce Millar caught the flash of the meteor on camera. Credit: Bruce Millar

Perth Observatory’s Matt Woods said evidence suggested the meteor had originated from between Mars and Jupiter.

The meteor was tracked by Desert Fireball Network cameras in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern. It was tra-velling at about 81,000km/h.

“This one broke up about 36km above the ground so it made it a decent way into the atmosphere,” Mr Woods said.

Mr Woods said the “boom” was caused by gases in the rock exploding.

Such explosions have been known to shake houses and shatter windows.

“I’m very jealous of people that get to see this stuff. Of course it had to be cloudy in Perth so we didn’t see anything,” Mr Woods said.

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