'Space junk' fireball lights up Australian sky
Published on Jul 11, 2014 11:26 AM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australians were treated to a spectacular light show after a flaming object, believed to be space junk from a Russian booster rocket, streaked across the night sky and lit up social media.
People flocked to Twitter or called radio stations to describe the "amazing" fireball that crossed Australia's eastern states, particularly Melbourne, in a south-west to north-east direction late Thursday.
"It was so fast and then it just slowed and drifted down ... with an enormous trail of light," a listener told Melbourne radio station 3AW. "You could see as it was coming down close to the ground it seemed to be spluttering and breaking up. It was absolutely fantastic."
Another witness said she saw "an amazing bright light with a really long, white tail with flecks of red".
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