Fire in the Sky: What Formed This Streak That Lasted 20 Minutes in the Australian Sky?

WatanDost

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Fire in the Sky:
What Formed This Streak That Lasted 20 Minutes in the Australian Sky?
Posted on July 3, 2012 at 3:07pm by


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Those in Perth, Australia, were enraptured by what is believed to be a meteorite trail left after the ball of fire allegedly fell into the ocean. Perth Now reports the streak remained in the sky for 20 minutes before dissipating.

According to Perth Now, the streak was seen just before sunset on Friday evening. The publication contacted a spokesperson for the Bureau of Meteorology who could not confirm if it was or wasnt a meteorite, and neither the Perth Observatory nor Astronomy WA responded with a comment.

Perth Now reports onlookers debating what could have caused the streak. Local resident and manager of a cafe Daniel Jongue said it looked like vapor. It was red, orange and yellow and quite beautiful.

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According to Universe Today, meteorites can leave streaks in the sky that last for more than a minute.
What do you think? Could this have been caused by a meteorite or was light simply reflecting off of water vapor in clouds?


(H/T: Daily Mail)
 

ishwaq

Minister (2k+ posts)
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