At 21:21 local time on November 18, a team of scientists from the Australian Federal Organisation for Science and Technology (CSIRO) was lucky enough to capture the meteor fireball breaking through the night sky in the Southern Ocean. On Wednesday night, about 60 miles south of Australia, on Tasmania’s south coast, the ship’s real-time cameras captured the amazing sight.
The study is understood to aim to map the ocean floor, but the meteor fireball that skimmed overhead on Wednesday thrilled the team.
“Even when viewed back via live video, the size and brightness of the meteors are unbelievable,” John Hooper, the director of navigation, said in a press release.
Although the CSIRO said local media were also flooded with eyewitness reports, the sight on land was clearly not as shocking as the “fireball into the sea” observed by the crew.
John Hooper says everyone is glad to be able to enjoy the view in real time on board.
It is reported that meteors are usually a huge space rock. When it rubs against the Earth’s atmosphere, it produces considerable movement. In July this year, for example, a meteor explosion equivalent to 165 tons of TNT exploded over Tokyo.
Meanwhile, meteor showers in Northern Taurus and Leo continue. With luck, you still have hope of seeing it for yourself by November 30th.