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Amateur photographer captures a brilliant meteor over north-east Australia



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

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

Craig Turton, an amateur photographer who had been hoping to capture the fog on North Pine Dam near Brisbane that night, he was lucky enough to capture the meteor when he was greeted with a clear night

"I was lucky enough to capture the meteor when he was greeted with a clear night. that exposure was right, "Turton said.
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5-second long exposure of Turton used on his DSLR to capture the light of the faint

"I saw it coming right in the sky, so I just hoped while the exposure was going that I actually captured it, "

The bubble of light in the image was probably produced by the meteor beginning to fragment, Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker said

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

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

"[The meteor] is probably about the scale of about a meter wide, "Tucker said. "The blue-green color dictates that it was a fairly iron-nickel rich meteor," he said, adding that such a composition was

Tucker said it was unlikely any large pieces of the meteor hit the ground after it was fragmented, though he said some smaller pieces might have made it to Earth. Taurid Swarm, a field of unusually large debris from a comet, but Tucker said he was unconvinced that the meteor that fell on Saturday night was from the swarm

"For this, I think too big [to be from the swarm] (19659005) "It could be just another random space rock because there are lots of those."

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


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