Meteorite streaks through South Coast sky, reportedly lands in Victoria | Video

A screenshot from a YouTube video that is reportedly of the meteor that flew across the South East sky on the night of July 5. Picture: YouTube
A screenshot from a YouTube video that is reportedly of the meteor that flew across the South East sky on the night of July 5. Picture: YouTube

Social media is buzzing with reports of a meteor spotted over the South Coast on Friday night.

On the Facebook group Australian Meteor Reports, administrator David Finlay said the meteor was spotted about 9pm on July 5 and believed it had come to ground somewhere in Victoria.

"I have reports of sonics from Forest Hill (Melbourne) to Mallacoota Vic. That's a distance of 400km. I've never heard of sonics being reported so far apart," he said in a Facebook post to the group.

He said sightings had been reported from as far north as Sydney and Orange.

"From these reports, and as long as this object was over land and not the ocean, I'm already predicting there are now meteorites on the ground somewhere in Victoria from this fall," he said.

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Check out this video which is reportedly of the meteor when it was seen over Canberra.

Canberra Meteor 5 July 2019

If anyone has any photos or videos of the meteor, we would love to see them.

You can email any submissions to albert.mcknight@begadistrictnews.com.au.

Meteor or meteorite?

What is the difference between meteors and meteorites you may ask?

Well, according to the Australian Museum the initial solid particle, or meteoroid, can be too small to survive the fall through Earth's atmosphere and burns up to give a streak of light. This is a meteor.

Meteorites on the other hand are larger meteoroids that survive their fall and land on the planet.

The museum states very small meteoroids may remain intact or melt to form glassy droplets which rain down on the Earth as micrometeorites.

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