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Old 10-07-2014, 08:49 PM
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Massive fireball flying object over Melbourne Jul 10, 9:42pm!

Just observed a massive fireball flying object over Melbourne from Brunswick.

Would say -5 magnitude or brighter spotted in the Eastern sky at an elevating of about 30 degrees all the way going towards the northern horizon. Pieces streaking away from the object with a 10 degree tail.

This will be all over the news in the next few hours - most amazing object I have ever seen!

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Old 10-07-2014, 09:00 PM
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I saw it as well about 5 minuets later in the mid south coast of NSW! And I aggree it is one of the most amazing things I have also seen!!
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:03 PM
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Yep it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen huge!!!
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:05 PM
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So does anyone know what it actually is yet? And does anyone know if its going to land/crash?
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:31 PM
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i missed it because im sick with a cold. The news said it was space junk
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:42 PM
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This "meteor" sighting appears to be the re-entry of a man made space debris 14037J which is possibly part of the Soyuz rocket launched from Kazakhstan 2 days ago re-entering the atmosphere. What's more, the attached image shows the predicted decay (re-entry) of the object for which the track over SE Australia corresponds closely with the time and direction of people's observations.
Calsky data here http://www.calsky.com/observer/csren...=40077&tracker
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Photo here. Seems to have caused quite a stir!
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:50 AM
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Clearly visible over Murray Bridge, South Australia. Spectacular.

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Old 11-07-2014, 08:51 AM
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This "meteor" sighting appears to be the re-entry of a man made space debris 14037J which is possibly part of the Soyuz rocket launched from Kazakhstan 2 days ago re-entering the atmosphere. What's more, the attached image shows the predicted decay (re-entry) of the object for which the track over SE Australia corresponds closely with the time and direction of people's observations.
Calsky data here http://www.calsky.com/observer/csren...=40077&tracker
This map shows the object moving in a northerly to southerly direction. The two descriptions I read so far on this forum suggest it moving toward a northerly direction so it is unlikely 14037J unless the witnesses got their bearings wrong.
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This map shows the object moving in a northerly to southerly direction. The two descriptions I read so far on this forum suggest it moving toward a northerly direction so it is unlikely 14037J unless the witnesses got their bearings wrong.
It has been confirmed
http://www.spaceflight101.com/re-ent...-surprise.html
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This map shows the object moving in a northerly to southerly direction. The two descriptions I read so far on this forum suggest it moving toward a northerly direction so it is unlikely 14037J unless the witnesses got their bearings wrong.
if you put the time forward on the page a few minutes, it moves from south to north.
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:09 PM
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And this is how it all started!

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Is it not a bit ordinary/irresponsible that they actively send these things up into space with the knowledge they'll re-enter with certain components quite possibly surviving to impact the ground without really having control over where this could take place??
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The Sydney Morning Herald did a terrific article on it.
Gosh, there really is app for everything isn't there.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci...711-zt3pu.html

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Dr Duffy expects dozens of people will scour the surrounding areas of Cobar for bits of debris. Any remnants would likely be the size of dinner plates.
“Depending on how tough the space junk is, there will be pieces on the desert floor. I reckon this is going to be a tough find though,” he said. “There are even apps for this, like one called Fireball, which can help you track it down to hundreds of metres.”
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Dr Nick Lomb, curator of astronomy at Sydney Observatory, said the "main part" of the bright object most likely plunged into the ocean near Brisbane.
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"Break-up is over NSW [near] Canberra but subset of densest debris, if any survives, might have made it to south Queensland," he said.
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Is it not a bit ordinary/irresponsible that they actively send these things up into space with the knowledge they'll re-enter with certain components quite possibly surviving to impact the ground without really having control over where this could take place??
It's called "Risk Management" as with anything in life and space there is a risk, and the space faring nations think the risk is manageable.

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Old 14-07-2014, 08:46 PM
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I think I caught some of this myself; saw a very bright object streak through the sky, heading roughly east, for quite some distance before splitting into two and disappearing. Pretty cool! I think that was about 6:30pm.
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