Dozens of frantic calls were made to the Perth Observatory after people witnessed ‘a giant fireball’ blasting over the night sky in south-west Australia. It was caused by friction when a large meteor entered the atmosphere. The friction caused the outer layers of the meteor to melt, and the meteor itself to glow. According to the Perth Observatory, the meteor would have been about half a metre wide when it entered the Earth’s atmosphere at around 15 to 20km per second. Scientists from Curtin University are looking into whether the meteor hit the Earth near the town of York, some 100km east of Perth.

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