The Investigator research vessel, operated by Australia’s national scientific agency, CSIRO, captured amazing images of a meteorite breaking over the ocean near Tasmania.
The vision shows the extremely bright meteor streaking across the sky in front of the ship and then breaking over the ocean. The meteor, which was bright green, was seen by the bridge crew and the scientific staff on board were informed.
They were surprised to find that the meteor had been perfectly captured by the ship’s live broadcast camera, which broadcasts live view from the ship without interruption. LThe sequence was broadcast by the CSIRO on its Twitter account:
It’s cloudy with a chance of *checks notes* meteors? ☄️
A bright green meteor went over Tasmania this morning. And our #RVInvestigator was able to capture it on our live stream! 🚢
– CSIRO (@CSIRO) November 19, 2020
CSIRO Travel Manager aboard RV Researcher John Hooper said it was a stroke of luck capture this footage.
“What we saw when reviewing the images from the live broadcast amazed us, the size and brightness of the meteor was amazingHooper said in a statement.
“The meteor cross the sky straight in front of the boat and then it breaks. The footage was amazing to see and we were very lucky to have captured it all on the ship’s live stream.
Glen Nagle of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science said that capturing images like this is exciting to watch and acts as a reminder that space is far from empty. “More than 100 tons of space debris Naturals enter Earth’s atmosphere every day, “Nagle said.
“Most of it goes unnoticed”
“Most of it goes unnoticed since it occurs in an unpopulated 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 which makes them burn, as their kinetic energy is converted into other forms such as heat, light and sound.
“Many meteorites were asteroids and they traveled through space on their own trajectory. This changes as they pass close to Earth, where they can be affected by its gravitational pull.
As they enter our atmosphere, they become meteors, and their entry can be visually spectacular“.
At the time the vision was captured, RV Investigator was in the Tasman Sea, about 100 kilometers south off the coast of Tasmania.
The ship is in the area to carry out a mapping of the seabed of the Huon Marine Park for Parks Australia, conduct oceanographic surveys and conduct sea trials for a variety of marine equipment. The meteor was filmed by RV Investigator on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:21 UTC.