PERTH Observatory was “inundated” with calls on Tuesday night after Perth residents reported seeing a fireball in the sky.
Neighbourhood Facebook groups were overwhelmed by posts made by people asking if others had seen the light over Perth.
People in York reported hearing an explosion in town.
#FIREBALL OVER #PERTH! Our observatory in Northam caught this bright #meteor 😍and our app has been going bonkers with #citsci reports! Recreate your sighting https://t.co/z4IQHPzDJg. It’s not aliens, it’s a space rock burning up in our atmosphere! #CurtinMedia #curtinict pic.twitter.com/GXnV0VXKQO
— Fireballs in the Sky (@FireballsSky) August 29, 2018
Perth Observatory posted a wide range of video footage to Instagram.
Richard Bailiff also captured great footage on his dashcam.
I’ve got dash cam footage just quickly of the phone. Taking going up greenmount hill pic.twitter.com/7lyLXilInt
— Richard Bailiff (@BailiffRichard) August 28, 2018
The York Community Resource Centre captured a video of the moment the sky lit up.
While Lance Boston’s video shows the meteor from further away.
Perth Observatory is asking people to send in images and videos.
The Observatory is also asking people to download the Fireball in the Sky app and make a report.
Richard Tonello, observatory manager at the Gravity Discovery Centre, said the flash was almost certainly a meteor.
“It’s consistent with what I’ve seen in the past,” he told radio station 6PR on Wednesday morning.
“That’s all tell-tale signs of a decent-sized meteor burning up in the atmosphere.
“We’re talking debris travelling at 40,000 to 50,000 km/h.
“The heat build-up around causes the surrounding air around it to glow.”
Curtin University’s meteor tracking group Fireballs in the Sky believe the meteor landed in Northam.
#Perth #WA We’ve got reports of a large #meteor flying over Perth. If you have any photos or videos please do send them to us. You can also download the @FireballsSky app and report it to @CurtinUni‘s #FireballsInTheSky the team. #perthnewshttps://t.co/Drju2TC6J1
— Perth Observatory (@perthobs) August 28, 2018