Evil Portent: Meteor Explodes Over Auckland

Michael Field
Last updated 09:49 30/03/2011

LATEST: A meteor exploded 80 kilometres above Auckland last night, giving a dramatic light and sound show for those lucky enough to see it.

It was seen over a wide area of the North Island but most prominently in Auckland.

Auckland's Stardome Observatory education officer David Britten said it would have been an amazing sight - but their astronomers were not among those to witness it.

He said the sighting reports suggested it was more likely to be a meteor than a piece of space junk.

"The way it exploded, points to a meteor."

He said the explosion would have been 80 kilometres up and at very high speed.

Witnesses would have believed it was closer.

"The tracks suggest if anything survived it would have been well out at sea."  More


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