Aussie Research Ship Films Huge Meteor Lighting Up Night Sky

This is the moment an Australian research vessel films a meteor disintegrating over the sea after “astounded” crew members noticed the huge fireball in the sky.

The incident was filmed by a camera on the ‘Investigator’ research vessel in the Tasman Sea just off the coast of the Australian island-state of Tasmania on 18th November.

The stunning video shows the moment the meteor flies across the sky and lights up the clouds and parts of the sea before disintegrating shortly after.

The meteor was spotted by crew members who were “astounded” to find the moment perfectly captured by their livestream camera which films 24/7.

Credit: CSIRO/Newsflash

Although it is not seen in the black and white footage, the meteor was reported to emit a bright green light.

The vessel was being operated by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to carry out oceanographic studies, map the seafloor and run trials of different marine equipment at sea, according to a statement by CSIRO.

Researcher John Hooper, who was on board the RV Investigator, said: “What we saw on reviewing the livestream footage astounded us, the size and brightness of the meteor was incredible.

“The meteor crosses the sky directly in front of the ship and then breaks up. It was amazing to watch the footage and we were very fortunate that we captured it all on the ship livestream.” (sic)


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Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency:  Newsflash

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