Meteor that lit up the Perth skyline produced a sonic boom that shook houses – as researchers try to piece together where the fireball landed
- A bright blue flash shot across parts of Western Australia on Tuesday night
- A fireball also produced a sonic boom that shook houses, according to observers
- Perth Observatory is trying pinpoint where any meteorites may have landed
- Images of the meteor streaking across the city was posted to social media
A fireball that lit up Western Australian skies also produced a sonic boom that shook houses, according to observers.
The meteor blasted through the night skies on Tuesday and was seen across Perth’s city district and as far north-east as Northam.
Researchers are now trying to pinpoint where the incredible meteor may have landed if it survived the atmosphere.
The bright streak on Tuesday night was seen across metropolitan Perth. Residents in York heard a loud bang which made their houses shake
Driving instructor Richard Bailiff was driving with a student when they saw the flash of light. ‘It just went behind this thunder cloud and it just went bang,’ Mr Bailiff told 9News.
‘It just blew up like a fire work, it was just amazing.
‘The intensity of the blue and the colours you saw from it.’
Perth Observatory’s Matt Woods said they are seeking unedited dash cam and security camera footage that might help them pinpoint where any meteorites landed.
‘If it survived the atmosphere, they’ll actually go out and find it,’ Mr Woods told 6PR radio.
Images of the meteor streaking across the city was posted to social media, much to the delight of researchers.
The Observatory’s phone rang off the hook with calls from people who saw the bright flash in the cloudy sky on Tuesday.
One woman was distressed because she thought it was a plane going down.
Perth Observatory’s Matt Woods said they are seeking unedited dash cam and security camera footage that might help them pinpoint where any meteorites landed
Ralph Gonzalvo was driving on Marangaroo Road headed east when he saw ‘a big flash, kind of like lightening.’
He told the Daily Mail Australia the light was so bright at first he thought he had been flashed by a speed camera.
‘When I went to look up the light dimmed and I saw some sort of large object burning in the sky. It was on fire.’
He said it lasted about three seconds before it went out.
Members of the public are urged to download the Curtin University app Fireballs in the Sky and use it to report sightings.