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Some people thought this meteor in Australia was a UFO

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BY MORGAN SUNG From Mashable

A meteor seared over Australia on Tuesday night, lighting up the sky over Perth.

According to the ABC, the local Department of Fire and Emergency Services received calls from “more than one concerned caller” who thought the meteor could be a UFO.

The meteor’s fiery descent was captured on several dash cams.

Bright (and colorful) fireball spotted over Perth and Western Australia on August 28, 2018 https://buff.ly/2wpdQTB

LookLeft Photography

@LookLeftPhot

· Aug 28, 2018

Just saw an amazing meteor/fireball in the sky looking west from Wattle Grove! Anyone else see it �� #perth @perthlife_ @perthnow @9NewsPerth @weather_wa

Richard Bailiff

@BailiffRichard

I’ve got dash cam footage just quickly of the phone. Taking going up greenmount hill pic.twitter.com/7lyLXilInt

CCTV footage shows how bright the meteor was — in the clips in this broadcast, it illuminates the entire frame.

Perth residents weren’t sure if they actually saw the meteor’s fall on Tuesday. @goralphy thought he was caught speeding by a traffic camera.

Paul Langstaff

@plangy

OK. Was I the only one to just see an asteroid , meteor, shooting star in North Perth Mount Lawley area?

Others took the opportunity to roast the city.

Dan Olson

@FoldableHuman

Large Meteor Streaks Through Sky Over Perth, Perth Thrilled That Something Finally Happened in Perth

As Lisa Barnes points out, if the meteor managed to make it to land, you probably shouldn’t grab souvenirs. Remnants belong to the state and any discoveries should be reported to Gravity Discovery Centre.

Lisa Barnes

@Barnsy_Lisa

Lots of reports coming in about a meteor in the sky over Perth last night. Senior astronomer at Gravity Discovery Centre Richard Tonello tells @6PRbreakfast even if a piece hit the ground, it technically belongs to the State Govt & should be reported to the museum #perthnews

Finding actual pieces of meteor is questionable — according to Professor Phil Bland, director of the Desert Fireball Network which studies the fallen space rocks, only about 2 to 3 percent of visible meteors make it to the ground.

But Bland is hopeful. He told ABC that considering how bright it appears on camera, the object must have been large. Larger meteors have a greater chance of making it through Earth’s atmosphere intact.

“So that is really exciting,” he said.

ABC reports that the Desert Fireball Network should be able to pinpoint where the meteor landed by the end of the day.

For more on this story and video go to: https://mashable.com/2018/08/29/meteor-australia-dash-cam-footage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29#VQNit2FKVOq3

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