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Amateur photographer captures brilliant meteor over north-east Australia



 Brad Tucker says: "The bubble of light in the image was produced by the meteor beginning to fragment," ANU astrophysicist Brad Tucker says.

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The bubble of light in the image produced by the meteor beginning to fragment, ANU astrophysicist Brad Tucker says.

Craig Turton, an amateur photographer who has been hoping to capture fog on North Pine Dam near Brisbane that night,

A meteor lit up the skies in south-east Queensland, Australia.

Turton, a project manager and amateur photographer, got the shot.

"I was lucky that the exposure was right, "Turton said.

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5-second long exposure Turton uses on his DSLR to capture the light of the faint

"I saw it coming down in the sky, so I just hoped while I was in the sky, so I just captured it, "He said."

Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker said.

"The bright part is probably where it breaks apart and does that sonic boom." and then it fizzles out, "Tucker said.

Social media users a Tucker said he was hearing the boom, and Turton said he felt like a shockwave moments later that felt like thunder rumbling in the distance.

Tucker said the boom and fragmentation was caused by the meteor encountering the Earth's atmosphere.

[The meteor] is probably about the scale of about a meter wide, "Tucker said.

"The blue-green color dictates that it is a fairly iron-nickel rich meteor," he said. Adding that such a composition was common for meteors the Earth encounters.

Tucker said it was unlikely any of the meteors hit the ground after it was fragmented Taurid Swarm, Tucker said he was unconvinced the meteor that fell on Saturday night from the swarm.

"For this, it's I think too big [to be from the swarm]," Tucker said: "It could just be, but it's hard to say."

Tucker said about 200 tonnes of meteors hit the Earth every day day, and since 1994 more than 12 meteors have struck with more force than at atomic bomb. [19659005] "It's a lot," Tucker said.


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