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Australian Meteor

By: Valerie Lacy/CBS
By: Valerie Lacy/CBS

Residents in Perth, Australia, witnessed a spectacular light show on Saturday night.

A meteor blazed through the sky, leaving a bright tail in its wake. The moment was captured on camera.

Perth astronomer Rick Tonello said the meteor was no bigger than half the size of a Volkswagen car and may have been as small as a carton of beer, as it burned up (62 miles) within the earth's atmosphere.

Witnesses say the sky lit up followed by a thundering sound that shook buildings.

Astronomers say this noise was a sonic boom, caused by the speed of the meteor.


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