Near the Tasmanian coast, a research vessel accidentally captured images of a meteor ending its course in the ocean on the evening of November 18.
A fireball that crosses the heavens, to gradually extinguish itself as it falls into the ocean. This moment was captured by chance, Wednesday evening November 18, by a research vessel near the Tasmanian coast, Australia. The video was taken over by the Guardian.
Vessel RV Investigator from CSIRO, the Australian government agency for scientific research, is tasked with mapping the seabed near the Huon Protected Reserve. The boat’s camera, which films its environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, was able to immortalize the fall of the meteor shortly before 9:30 p.m.
The image captured that evening on a “stroke of luck”, as explained to the Australian site ABC News the skipper, John Hooper, is rather rare: indeed, the hundred tons of natural space debris that enter the atmosphere daily do so mostly over unpopulated areas: “When a meteor enters the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed, it is the friction of the rock against the atmosphere that causes it to burn. Skinetic energy is converted into other things: heat, light and sound, for example ”, explains Glen Nagle, member of the CSIRO. “Cameras are everywhere, in our pockets and in our cities, but they need to be pointed in the right direction at the right time. The RV Investigator was in the right place at the right time. ”