Spectacular NZ meteor - eyewitness reports still coming in

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Most Commented On --- Eyewitness reports are still coming in about Thursday evenings fantastic meteor seen right across New Zealand. Stardome Observatory in Auckland say it looked "big, but they're often not very large at all. It almost certainly wouldn't have made it to the ground, it would have burnt up high in the atmosphere" says Tim Jessop, educator at Stardome Observatory speaking to our colleagues at APNZ Thursday evening.

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Three orange lights over rolleston

Did anyone see three bright orange lights fly over rolleston saw one then another two minutes apart then a third what where they same colour as a street light looked through binoculars and they were orange like on fire with a v shape at the back was with my daughter have it all on video there was absolutely no noise at all weren't anything I had ever seen they
Flew in a controlled manner

Three orange lights over rolleston

Did anyone see three bright orange lights fly over rolleston saw one then another two minutes apart then a third what where they same colour as a street light looked through binoculars and they were orange like on fire with a v shape at the back was with my daughter have it all on video there was absolutely no noise at all weren't anything I had ever seen they
Flew in a controlled manner

Green & white meteor seen from South Auckland

I was driving home from work, leaving SH1 at Takanini and when it first caught my eye I thought it was a green firework. It was falling more slowly than a shooting star, but when it disappeared briefly behind a cloud I thought it must be something a little cooler as a firework wouldn't be so high! I completely forgot to check the news today but was happy when my partner told me about all the reports coming out, I'm just sad no one got a photo, it was really quite beautiful.

Metorite sighting from Nelson

last night (thurs 28/8/14) just before dark, four of us saw a white shooting star. it turned into a red, green, blue burning rock with other rocks falling from it. then turned into a lot of falling stars like a fireworks rocket before it dissapeared. it looked as if it was close. ther where no stars out yet and it was very bright. we where north east of Nelson and it was heading south west.

Beautiful meteor

Placerville, CA

Beautiful long tailed multi colored meteor flashing in the sky this evening round 10:30pm Thursday the 28th

WOW, was amazing to see! 

10:30 so cal

I saw that thing in the sky at 10:30 from cypress ca...south of los Angeles. It was huge and beautiful. Blue and green with a white tail. All with an orange glow behind it. I thought.it would be mentioned on the news or something....it was neafly the size of the moon for gods sake. No one saw this thing but me and some hillbilly in old hangtown? Good lookin out, there, p ville.


I live in Northridge, CA and saw it in the sky as well!  I was not die what it was until I came on here. I literally saw it for a second and it went away.  But it was beautiful.  It looked about 3-4 different colors. 

Burning Ball of Flame

I was in Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand and saw a burning orange ball with a white tail shoot across the sky in the same way shooting stars appear but this was bigger, closer and a little slower. I honestly thought we were going to feel the impact of it hitting the earth because it was so large, but because nothing happened afterwards, my friends (who had missed it) thought I was getting all excited about a shooting star until they started seeing the posts on Facebook :)

meteor shower west auckland

Hi did anyone see the meteor shower last night about 730 pm after all the sightings of the meteor that everyone saw .there were thousands of little dots traveling from west to east & lasted at least an hour .yet know one else has commented on this  .me & three others witnessed it  can anyone confirm this ..could it have been the meteor  exploding on impact with our atmosphere and creating a meteor shower.???


Seen meteor descending at fast speed at approx 30 degree downward trajectory in New Plymouth last night at 6:20pm - Brilliant white with blue / green halo and tail - must of been a fair way off as no sonic boom - speed estimate greater than 1000kph - brilliant flash as it hit the ground and saw secondary explosions/flashes as it blew up

Meteorite Sighting

I was leaving my friends house in Richmond (near Nelson) at 6:30 last night when a lare green meteorite like object shot across the sky. It was travelling southwestwards and burnt out before reaching the horizon. It was larger than any shooting start or meteorite I had ever seen before and was spectacular to see. It was as though someone had let off a flare but judging by the widespread sightings it was much further away than it appeared to be.

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Wife and I saw a bright blue/greenish light with white tail as we were crossing the Auckland harbour bridge into the city around 6:25pm. We initially thought it was fireworks but was puzzled as it came out of nowhere from the sky and flew near-horizontally before it vanished. It appeared pretty close, as if it was flying just over Freemans Bay.

Bright lights

I saw something on a drive through the Akatarawas in Upper Hutt, around 6:30pm last night. At first, it looked like a very bright star, then, as I was looking at it, it dropped suddenly, vertically, with a blazing tail, right in front of me, into the valley below. It fell between the road and the background hills, in front of the horizon. It was amazing! So close, I wonderred if it was a flare, or a random firework. I wonder now if it was a fragment from the meteor that fell around the same time?


I also saw a green flash with white sparkles at about 630pm in Christchurch, appearing in the North travelling East to West.  My first thought was that it was a firework rocket as it was travelling horizontally and appeared to be only a couple of hundred metres away.

Now that many other people have seen it I realise it was probably the Vogons spaceship breaking up in the Earths atmosphere in a failed attempt to demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

meteor sighting in christchurch

I saw a large flash of light at 630 pm while i was parking my car at addington to attend rugby match it was a large flash of light and i  veiwed the distance of the light thought it was a meteor other people who were parking there cars also saw it and made comment on the bright light in the sky

Loud noise West of Hamilton

We didn't see anything last night a loud noise that shook the windows of houses  (in at least a 10km area) was heard on Wednesday night around 7.30pm.  People have described the sound as if something very heavy fell off their roof (in each case the people thought the sound came from right outside their house) combined with the window rattling.   It was heard West of Hamilton from Ngahinapouri to North of Whatawhata. It may not be relevant to this discussion but I thought I'd mention it in case it is.

2 bursts of light

I was visiting new jersey and up very late last night. Around 4:30 am there were 2 explosions in the sky. Looked like 2 stars blew up simultaneously. What was that? How did no one else see this?

two burst of light

at a little after 5 am this morning i also saw the two burst of light, 1st one red and the second one greenish over dutchess county ny

Over Pukekohe CapeHill

Fast moving Meteor surrounded by green light and with a white tail after 6:15.

Shooting sat witness signing

Shooting sat witness signing in! A friend and I saw this in palmerston north, we where driving over to the Hokawhitu area and zipzapzop! was awesome to see

Unexplained sighting - Meteor explosions?

Refering to "Evelyn's comment" in New Jersey...

We are in New Hampshire, and we saw at about the same time, 5:05 AM, on August 28th, and can describe exactly what "Evelyn" posted.

we experienced two (2) bright white moon-shaped phenomenoms about 2-to-4 minutes apart. they appeared in the sky, they got brighter, widened, and then seemed to dissipate and disolve away.

truly amazing ---what was this?


what was it

would love to know myself. was amazing to watch.

Moon like objects

I live In Welland Ontario Canada, and this morning at about 5a.m. I too saw two moon like objects in the sky a few minutes apart. It appeared at first about the size of a full moon and gradually got larger and brighter. An orange round spot developed in the right bottom part of the circle and then the whole circle began to look like a quarter moon

except you could see the rest of the circle at the same time. It moved slowly to the left and eventually faded out and looke like a long stretch of constellation of stars. A few moments later I could see another smaller one developing lower in the sky above the trees but could not get a good look, and it seemed to just dissaper too. LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE!


meteorite seen in Hawera, Taranaki


I seen it pass right overhead, beautiful blue light...looked almost like a blue firework. It was breaking up as it flew overhead and lasted 3-4 seconds.

Hawkes Bay

I saw it about 6.30pm, I thought it was a shooting star at first but it was a lot bigger, brighter and closer (it almost looked like it could have been landing a few paddocks away) and had the green tail.  What an amazing site!


Hubby saw a white light, it streaked across the car so fast then disappeared, seen from Weymouth Manurewa?

Wellngton Experience

I was walking my daughter's dog around the Karori Park in Wellington at around 6.30 and was so excited to see it - the sky was so clear so the meteor looked so bright and close.  I did a double take and later wondered if I had imagined it!  Amazing experience.


I was playing with my son in Karori Park last night and we both saw the meteor as well. It was so bright and flying from east to west over the Makara peak.

meteor spotted

I saw another similar meteor approximately 10:30pm tonight from Lowry Bay in Wellington.  It was in the west, dropping vertically for about 2 secs with a white fireball and long tail. Given the earlier reports,  there must be a few heading our way. 

meteor spotted

I saw another similar meteor approximately 10:30pm tonight from Lowry Bay in Wellington.  It was in the west, dropping vertically for about 2 secs with a white fireball and long tail. Given the earlier reports,  there must be a few heading our way. 

August 28, about 5:05 a.m.,

August 28, about 5:05 a.m., eastern time in northwest New Jersey, in southeastern sky.  Busy watching venus rising when a saw something about the size of a full moon suddenly appear, with a red conona around it.  It quickly became all red as it was expanding, then within a few seconds turned all white, as it continued to expand, and the whiteness dissipated as it conitinued to expand and fade.  Was this a star exploding?

thank you I'm not crazy, saw

thank you I'm not crazy, saw it also as you did here in NY

5:05 am 8-28 phenomenon


yes, we saw the exact same thing that Evelyn described above, with the exception that we saw two identical (2) incidents, about 3-to-4 minutes apart.

Truly was amazing and indescribable -- what was this?

we are in Central New Hampshire, and experienced this sight at about 5:05am, having coffee  on the deck!

Yeah! Saw a big glowing green

Yeah! Saw a big glowing green thing with a tail falling from the sky around 6:30 PM here at Christchurch!

Saw it going over the top of

Saw it going over the top of Mt Taranaki from the East heading out to sea at thew west. Bright red with a green tail. Only lasted about 3-5 seconds.


We saw it in Wanaka too


I saw it too - as driving into mt Vic tunnel disappearing behind it, bright yellow with blue tail, about 6.30pm.


Driving home at 6.30, in Blenheim, when we saw a huge yellow ball streaking across the sky and then seemed to spark and disappear. Was amazing and a a little frightening! Never seen anything like it before. Funny how something can look so close and yet be seen all over the country at the same time!

Also saw the meteor at 630pm

Also saw the meteor at 630pm from back garden in Blenheim. Travelling slowly, roughly East to West. Came in two bursts. Spectacular. 

meteorite sighting CHCH

Likewise, 3-4 seconds of streaking from east to West. So convinced it was a local event. So 'local' we searched the ground for a while. Depth perception problems in the twilight! Time was around 6.30pm. Southshore spit, Christchurch NZ


Around 6.30pm in Whataroa, South Westland.  Saw this bright light flying thru the sky, very low & fast.  Looked like it was falling into our neighbours farm, never seen anything like it! Bright Yellow, with a long trail.  Turned bright red then suddenly disintegrated.  Gave me a fright!


I was driving at the time from Lower Hutt to Kapiti Coast- on a stretch of road called the Haywards - so direction from East to West - saw what looked like a fireball drop straight down very rapidly and for seconds only. It was bright and unmistakably something out of the ordinary - certainly not something I've seen before. Time roughly 18.30. It was gone before 'striking' the horizon - so did not 'drop' the full length of the sky. Certainly more interesting than the Leaders Debate I was heading home to see. Very cool! Knew I had to look it up - not ever been on this site - so was pleased to see others spotted the same thing around the same time.


Saw this around 6.30pm in Welinton, a bright streak with a long tai, very bright, heading north-ish I think.

My daughter & I saw this on

My daughter & I saw this on our way home from Greymouth this evening, was incredible!

Seen in Central Otago

Was Driving north between Cromwell and Tarras about 6.20pm and saw the Meteorite very low in the sky heading west. It was very bright Blue/Green with long sparkley tail. It was visible for quite a long time and the 3 kids with me were fasinated!!  Such an amazing thing to witness and we were to stunned to film it sorry.


My daughter and I were birdwatching at the prominent back beach on sunset in Taranaki.  Driving home we witnessed a meteor enter the earth's atmosphere at around 6:30 pm local time.  It blazed across the sky for what seemed forever in bright green emerald colours flickering as it fell.  It was so big we were waiting for the sonic boom. It looked as if it was only the next street over from us. It was magic.


Saw this in Culverden also, biggest one i've ever seen out of the many i've witnessed was also the brightest. Bright green with a nice long sparkly trail, which then appeared to break apart before disappearing. Seemed to also last longer then they usually do, maybe 4 seconds?

meteor sighting

my son saw it, we are in woolston, christchurch.


Saw it at 6.30 pm we were West bound on Te Irirangi Dr Howick Auckland. It was low in the sky heading North or Northwest. Very bright ball with a long tail. Biggest I've ever seen!