Meteor plunges into ocean lighting up Perth sky

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 2:31 pm » by Rydher


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THIS fiery streak in the sky amazed Perth beachgoers at sunset as a suspected meteor plunged into the ocean off the WA coast.

PerthNow reader Gavin Trought snapped the 'fire in the sky' as it appeared over Cottesloe just before sunset on Friday, with remnants of the phenomenon still visible in the sky this afternoon.

"The weird streak in the sky as seen from Cottesloe last night. I noticed it just before sunset," he told us.

Perth journalist Pip Moir also posted the photo she took at Cottesloe Beach to Twitter shortly after 6pm as puzzled onlookers debated what caused the colourful phenomena.

Daniel Jongue, manager at The Naked Fig Cafe, said he noticed "something on the horizon'' just before sunset.

He said the fiery trail took about 20 minutes to dissipate.

"It looked like vapour. It was red, orange and yellow and quite beautiful,'' he said.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said the weather bureau's radar would not pick up a fast moving object like a meteor.

Perth Observatory and Astronomy WA could not be reached for comment.

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AMAZING VIEWS: This picture was posted to Twitter by Pip Moir. She wrote " Very bizarre. View from cott. Looks like fire. What is that?!?


Source: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/top-stories/meteor-plunges-into-ocean-lighting-up-perth-sky/story-e6frg12l-1226413309565

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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 3:02 pm » by Loaded


what are the 3 spherical objects above the streak identified as?
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 3:17 pm » by Noentry


Very cool post rydher, I have never been so lucky to see a meteor crashing down to the surface of the Earth.
I have seen a few shooting starts in my time but never and actual touch down.

Knowing my luck the first one I will see will be like this one:
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 4:36 pm » by 1973samtyler


fantastic picture! I bet that will be someone's wallpaper. :flop:
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PostMon Jul 02, 2012 9:16 pm » by Noentry


Noentry wrote:Very cool post rydher, I have never been so lucky to see a meteor crashing down to the surface of the Earth.
I have seen a few shooting starts in my time but never and actual touch down.

Knowing my luck the first one I will see will be like this one:
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1973samtyler wrote:fantastic picture! I bet that will be someone's wallpaper. :flop:


Thank you 1973Samtyler.
I bet you T-REX wishes he got the life insurance now :lol:
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
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