9:47 pm - Mystery surrounds green 'comet'
Mystery surrounds green 'comet'
Wednesday May 17 11:55 AEST
The strange green light passing over Brisbane (Photo courtesy of ninemsn reader)
By ninemsn staff
An unidentified green object streaked across the Queensland sky last night, before landing on a property between Toowoomba and Warwick near the Great Dividing Range.
Farmer Don Vernon lives on the property next to where the object hit the ground, and watched it come in to land.
"I was finished on the farm and driving home, and as I came in the gate I faced this enormous green ball of light with a white centre.
"It disappeared behind a ridge and I immediately drove out over the ridge without stopping so I was there in a few minutes.
"When I turned the lights off the car I saw a glowing green ball up on the ridge three-quarters of a mile away and a smaller piece was rolling down the side of the ridge. They were both glowing green," he said.
Mr Vernon, who is in his seventies, said the object landed on a steep section of land that was covered in undergrowth and was not easily accessible.
"It was a brilliant light before it landed," he says. "A bit like a green sun. I rang a neighbour and asked if he had found superman."
Astronomers are uncertain whether the object was a piece of space junk or a meteorite, however Jim Barclay from the Maidenwell Observatory suspects it was part of a satellite or some rocket casing.
"The description that I received from phone calls was that it was of a greeny blue colour which typically suggests something metallic," Mr Barclay said.
"Over 20,000 pieces of space junk are currently hurtling around the earth and they have to come back down. If this had landed on someone's house though it could have killed someone," he said.
The object, which looked like a comet, was spotted by hundreds of people and airport control towers across south-east Queensland at around 6:30pm last night.
I have for the past couple of weeks been out a little west of GlassHouse at Toowoomba. About a 3 hour country drive, very temping stops on the way though to try the local produce fresh from the farms. ..... off subject, I was in Toowoomba and did not see or hear the actual comet or debris? if any? Coool, to know if there was and land markings from either impact or landing? Some makes you wonder if someone who bought old Uranium from us had used and abused it to bits and now wants to through it back? Would Mr Burns do that ;) or Homer Accidently? We'll check someday and see... At tleast we'd have a catalyst. Be curious to know if a security team was despatched to the local area at the time? I saw no direct evidence.
I'm sure that we were expecting some incoming objects like metors or comets, I'm sure I read or heard expected arrival date was about... now?... Passing close to earth which I thought would be cooler to see than Halley's Comet I saw when last here, this time I haven't seen or heard any TV or Radio talk about it. I'm not looking for web wevidence as it may npot be accurate.
Good news! I'm off on a work/holiday to Melbourne For Spring and One Year Anniversary of Freedom Farm ! Hip Hip Hooray! Who would of Guested that it's turning out as it is ....
I'm being called away for not completeing my 'J.O.B' even though this 20 minute time usage isn't due till Sunrise, I'm LAZY!!! LOL
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