Australian Research Vessel Records Meteor Breaking Up Over Tasman Sea

Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, released footage on November 19 showing the break-up of a meteor the day before over the Tasman Sea.

The footage was captured on a research vessel, the Investigator.

The CSIRO said the “bright green” meteor was “spotted by the bridge crew and reported to the science staff on board. They were amazed to find that the meteor had been captured perfectly by the ship’s livestream camera.”

John Hooper, the voyage manager, said it was a stroke of luck to capture this footage.

“What we saw on reviewing the livestream footage astounded us, the size and brightness of the meteor was incredible,” Hooper said. “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.” Credit: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation via Storyful