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NASA Confirms A Car-Sized Fireball Lit Up The Sky Over South Australia



NASA's Center for Near-Earth Objects has been confirmed.

A "fireball" is NASA's term for exceptionally bright meteor that is visible over a wide area.

This late afternoon Australian night is over.

It's visible to some of the Austrians in Australia and Australia, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Many shared images of the fiery event online, which they capture.

Joshua Kennedy, resident of Adelaide's suburbs, told 7 NEWS Australia that he spotted the fireball while driving home from work.

"Amazing flash of light, this big orange fireball coming down …" Kennedy said. "Just absolutely spectacular."

Meteors, colloquially known as.

A camera pointed toward the Royal Adelaide Hospital's helipad shooting stars, are the visible paths of asteroid or comet fragments that have entered the Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric friction causes them to slow down, heat up and burst apart.

NASA scientist Steve Chesley told ABC Radio Adelaide he finds the object exploded over the Great Australian Bight originated in an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter tens of millions of years ago. The meteor was likely the size of a small car, he said. Chesley suggested it was pretty small by NASA's standards and traveling slower than meteors.

Stargazers typically do not get to meteors because of the atmosphere during the day, Alice Gorman, a space archaeologist at South Flensburg University, told ABC Radio Adelaide.

"[But] several times a year there Gorman said.

See more videos of Tuesday's fireball below.