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Australian Meteor: Scientists look for remnants of a fireball at night



(CNN) – Australian scientists are searching for the remains of a meteor burning spectacularly in Perth on Tuesday night.

The unusual phenomenon was caught in front of the camera by several onlookers and described as a "fireball"

Curtin University Professor Phil Bland told CNN that "almost certainly" an asteroid chunk came through the atmosphere, an event which he said only takes place a few times a year.

Bland is the founder of the Desert Fireball Network, a group of scientists working to trace the path of meteors and asteroids across the night sky with the aim of creating a "geological map of the solar system".

He called for an unusual knot of stone to call him, saying that he would be "chugged" to find it.

"It will look weird, it will have a black crust on it and it will somehow be rounded in a way most terrestrial rocks are not it will look weird, it will look weird, they too are usually one little heavier than average rocks, "he said.

Bland said that while asteroids came through the atmosphere a few times a year, it was rare for them to occur in densely populated areas like Perth.

"There are probably 50,000 or 60,000 meteorites in the world's museum collections, they are incredibly valuable materials, from a scientific point of view," he said.

A witness told the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) they had heard a "boom" before seeing the light in the sky.

"We just thought it was a flash, but the boom that came after that was definitely not thunder," she told ABC Radio Perth. "It shook the whole house, the windows, the dog became psychic."

This flare in the night sky follows another fireball seen in Missouri on Monday, August 29th.

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5, stunned commuters In Bangkok, a fireball streaked through the sky in the middle of the day while social media broke out in excitement when a similar burst of light flew through Texas the year before.

Scientists said these fireballs were probably asteroids

Bland said his network deployed fifty cameras across Australia to catch falling meteorites on film.

"There are so many things that we do not know about the solar system formed where organic material and water comes from … Each one (asteroid) we find, we get more critical information," he said.


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