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Meteor viewed by many

This morning discussions seem to be still going on about the meteor that flashed across our skies last night. was inundated with reports of a meteor that streaked across central New Zealand just after 6.30pm.

Eyewitnesses said the meteor was travelling at a great rate of knots as it hurtled through the atmosphere and was seen from as far afield as the central North Island down to South Canterbury.
A trail appeared to hang in the air for up to ten minutes once the meteor burnt out.

There have been conflicting reports of it being a satellite burning up however it seems the nearest satellite is quite some distance away.

Estimates of its speed has been anywhere from 200km/hr up to 500km/hr and a booming sound has also been reported in some inland areas as the meteor headed south.

Wellingtonians and Christchurch residents appear to be the two main centres that saw the visitor with numerous calls made to the police.

Did you see it?  What did you see and whereabouts in the sky was it?

If you have any photos we’d really appreciate seeing them and add them to the collection that have come in over the last 12 hours. Feel free to upload them. 



Rob on 2/04/2012 9:50pm

I saw the meteorite above Wellington last night about 6.30pm. It was moving very fast from the North to the South and lasted for approximately 10 seconds. It was burning a bright white with “sparks” trailing off from it that were red and green at times. It initially burnt out then reignited briefly twice before disappearing. It left a straight vapour trail with two dots as it reignited, which gradually began to break up as a jets vapour trail does due to winds aloft. The vapour trail lasted approximately 15 minutes.

reuben on 2/04/2012 7:30pm

See that meteorite was so cool also had a very brite shine to it

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