Tuesday, March 13, 2012
MYSTERY 'FIREBALL' CROSSES MELBOURNE SKIES
Mystery surrounds an unidentified flaming object that crossed the skies of Melbourne last night.
Many Victoria residents were left perplexed after spotting the 'low-flying fireball' at around 8.40pm, and turned to Twitter in the hope of identifying it.
Observers described it as a big ball of fire followed by a white trail.
Astronomer Perry Vlahos told the Herald Sun the International Space Station was passing overhead at about the time the fireball was sighted.
But he said it was most likely a meteor, and residents should not be alarmed.
It comes after a fiery meteor lit up skies above Victoria and Tasmania last Sunday.
The red ball was spotted moving horizontally across the sky at about 10.45pm, and those who saw it say it was visible for about 20 seconds. Source