A research ship travelling in the coast of Tasmania captured footage of a meteor as it entered Earth's atmosphere. As per the release, the meteor was green and was spotted by the bridge crew and reported to the science staff on board. The meteor was captured by a livestream camera, which captures live vision from the ship 24/7.
According to the release, CSIRO Voyage Manager on board RV Investigator John Hooper said that it was just pure luck that enabled them to capture this footage. He said, “What we saw on reviewing the livestream footage astounded us, the size and brightness of the meteor was incredible. The meteor crosses the sky directly in front of the ship and then breaks up – it was amazing to watch the footage and we were very fortunate that we captured it all on the ship livestream”.
Watch this stunning footage of a meteor breakup captured by @CSIRO's research vessel 'Investigator' off the southern coast of Tasmania.— Australian Space Agency (@AusSpaceAgency) November 19, 2020
The vision shows the extremely bright #meteor crossing the sky and then breaking up over the ocean. Read more: https://t.co/mJSMOPNCjr pic.twitter.com/GLgQWskRma
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science scientist said that this incident is a reminder that the space isn’t empty. He said, “Over 100 tonnes of natural space debris enters Earth's atmosphere every day. Most of it goes unseen as it occurs over an unpopulated area like the southern ocean. When a meteor enters the Earth’s atmosphere at high-speed, it is the friction of rock with the atmosphere that makes them burn, as their kinetic energy is converted to other forms like heat, light and sound”. He further said that many meteoroids were asteroids that travelled through space as per their own trajectory. However, this can change when they enter the earth’s atmosphere. This is how they become meteoroids and can be ‘visually spectacular’.
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