Meteor lights up the Eyre Peninsula sky

A FIREBALL has lit up the sky over the Eyre Peninsula, reportedly causing the ground and buildings to shake at Port Lincoln.

The bright blue object, which an expert says could either be a meteor or space junk, shot across the sky just after 11pm and was spotted by people as far away as Adelaide.

Port Lincoln resident Lila Watson was driving home when she saw what she initially thought was a shooting star.

“It just got bigger and bigger and it was just this big flash across the sky and there were sparks coming off it,” she told The Advertiser.

“It just lit the sky up and I saw it go southeast.

“I pulled up home and I heard two massive bangs, maybe a second apart, and then the sky lit up again.”

“It definitely shook the ground – I just felt the whole earth shake twice.”

Ms Watson, 17, said the fireball was baby blue and gold in colour.

“It was really crazy,” she said.

Hannah Fredrickson lives in Boston, near Port Lincoln, and saw the object while driving along Lorikeet Court.

“Out of no where the sky light up to a like electric blue colour for around 7 seconds and over to my right I got a quick glimpse of what I reckon may have been the tail end of the meteorite,” she said.

“It was unlike anything I have seen before.”

Astronomer and president of the Astronomical Society of South Australia Joe Grida said the fireball could have been a meteor or space junk coming back to earth.

“There is a meteor shower that the earth is travelling through but I would have thought by now that would have subsided,” he said.

“If it was that bright, it could have been the size of a basketball.”

Mr Grida said despite the object causing a spectacular light show, it would have been thousands of kilometres away.

“These things are travelling at about 30-40 thousands kms an hour (and) it would have been very high up as well; we’re talking perhaps 30-40kms up,” he said.

In July, CCTV footage emerged of a mystery fireball that briefly turned night into day near Port Lincoln.

People across the state reported seeing a bright, fast-moving object light up the sky.

Some witnesses described the unidentified flying object as “bright orange” while others said it left a “green tail” as it tore across the sky.

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