Meteor news: Shock video shows eerie green fireball hurtle through sky

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A METEOR has shocked onlookers and an incredible video has now showed an eerie-green fireball fly through the sky.

Mine workers in Western Australia’s Pilbara region were left staring skywards in disbelief after a bizarre-coloured fireball streaked through the sky in the early hours of Monday morning. Dozens of the mine nightshift workers reportedly witnessed the spellbinding cosmic spectacle.

The massive meteor was spotted at 12.46am AWT (5.46am BST) on Monday morning.

The space rock emitted a green glow intense enough to illuminate the clouds as it flew past.

The green light burned so bright and lasted so long, several workers were able to capture the event on their phones.

The uploaded footage subsequently went viral on social media.

One bemused witness is heard yelling “it’s aliens” in footage posted to Twitter.

Experts have, however, ruled-out any alien explanation.

They instead suggest the event was either a meteorite hurtling towards the earth or a “grazing fireball”.

These grazing fireballs are particularly bright meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere before shooting back into space.

These cosmic visitors have been known to reach speeds of 125,000mph (40,000kph).

Renae Sayers from the Space Science and Technology Centre told 7NEWS the green glow suggests it was made largely of iron.

Karratha Police also managed to capture the extraordinary meteor moment.

They posted an arresting photo to Twitter after spotting the phenomenon while out on patrol.

Asteroids and meteors produce a bright explosion of fire when they hit the atmosphere as this is the first occasion the space rock has met resistance.

Air seeps into the pores and cracks of the rock, pushing it apart and causing it to explode.

The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) said: “Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal.

“Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimetre have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.

“These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them.”

While this meteor was small, the bright flash reiterates the need for eyes on the skies to watch out for potential asteroid collisions.

While the chances of a major asteroid hitting Earth are small.

US-based space agency NASA believes there is a one in 300,000 chance every year that a space rock which could cause regional damage will hit.

This means the devastating prospect is not totally impossible.

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