At the time the image was taken, researchers were in the Tasman Sea, about 100 miles[100 km]off the coast. The scientific mission that witnessed the scene is mapping the seabed.
The research spacecraft, led by the Australian National Science Agency (CSIRO), captured stunning images of a meteorite crashing into the ocean near Tasmania.
The vision shows an extremely bright meteor that stretches across the sky in front of the ship and then breaks through the ocean. The meteor, which was light green, was seen by the bridge crew and was reported to the ship’s scientific staff.
They were surprised to find that the meteor was perfectly captured by the ship’s live food camera, which broadcasts a live view of the ship without interruption. The series was broadcast by CSIRO on its Twitter account.
RV researcher Johnon Hooper, CSIRO’s travel manager, said he was “very lucky” to take this video. “What we saw when viewing the live broadcast images amazed us, the size and brightness of the meteor was amazing.” Hooper said in a statement.
“The meteor crawls through the sky directly in front of the ship and then disintegrates. “It was amazing to see the footage and we were very lucky to have it all in the life of the ship.”
Glenn Nagle of astronomy and space science at CSIRO said taking pictures like this is exciting to look at and acts as a reminder that space is far from empty. “More than 100 tonnes of natural space debris enters the Earth’s atmosphere every day,” Nagl said.
“Most of it goes unnoticed because it occurs in an uninhabited area like the southern ocean. When a meteor enters the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed, it is the friction of the rock with the atmosphere that causes it to burn, as its kinetic energy is converted into other forms such as heat, light, and sound.
“Many meteorites were asteroids and traveled through space on their own trajectory. This changes as they pass close to Earth, where they may be affected by its gravitational input. “As they enter our atmosphere, they become meteors, and their entry can be visually spectacular.”
At the time of the sighting, the RV explorer was in the Tasman Sea, about 100 miles[100 km]off the coast of Tasman.
The ship is in the area to conduct a mapping of the Huon Marine Park Marine Park Australia, to conduct oceanographic surveys and to conduct marine surveys for a variety of marine equipment.
The meteor was filmed by RV Investigator on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:21 UTC.