A live camera mounted on the research ship Investigator, operated by the Australian National Science Agency CSIRO, spotted the fireball at 9:21 p.m. Local time on November 18. The ship was designed to “look down” by mapping the seabed and conducting oceanographic research about 60 miles south of Australia, but the meteor that flew over the top excited the crew on Wednesday.
“We were amazed by what we saw when we saw the footage live, the size and brightness of the meteor were amazing,” John Hooper, manager of the ship’s trip, said in a press release.
Local media were “flooded with reports of observations,” but no additional photos or vision appeared at this stage, according to CSIRO. The International Meteor Organization, which tracks meteors, has no reports of a fireball over the ocean. The explorer of the research ship seems to have had the only good view of the burning rock as it dived, with pieces that may have fallen into the sea.
“We were very happy to catch everything live on the ship,” Hooper said.
You can see the fireball above and find the full video here.
Meteors are giant pieces of rock that are known to present a lot of show when they collide with the Earth’s atmosphere. In July,– enough to create a sound boom.
And while you may have forgotten to see these rocks jump and crash into Earthwhich will remain active until Monday, November 30th. Plenty of chances to catch the stunning celestial events.