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Watch a breathtaking meteor illuminate the night sky in Australia



The Australian police have taken stunning pictures of a meteor illuminating the night sky.

The Northern Territory police, fire and rescue services posted the CCTV images on Facebook on May 19.

"Whoa! The police received reports of a big fireball flying across the sky just past midnight between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. "It turns out that the earth is currently moving through the tail of Halley's comet and it was a meteor shower."

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There were a series of meteor reports throughout Australia in recent days. For example, News.com.au reports that a "fireball" has been discovered across Victoria and South Australia.

A small part of an asteroid or comet is also known as a meteorite. When it enters the Earth's atmosphere, it becomes a meteor or fireball or shooting star. The boulders that hit the ground and are valuable to collectors are meteorites.

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Last year, a meteor hit the headlines when it shot across the sky in Michigan. The blazing fireball made meteorite hunters search for fragments of the rare space rock.

The Associated Press has contributed to this article.

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