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Jana Merrill
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« on: December 01, 2009, 11:24:49 am »

South Africa meteor display caught on film
Breathtaking CCTV footage of a meteor lighting up the night sky over South Africa has been posted online.

By Matthew Moore
Published: 4:41PM GMT 25 Nov 2009

Link to this video The meteor was spotted by dozens people as it passed over Johannesburg and Pretoria in Kauteng province on Saturday.

The Johannesburg Planetarium subsequently appealed for any witnesses who managed to record the space rock's fall to come forward with the footage.

Yesterday this clip was posted on YouTube, showing a brief glimpse of the meteor as became visible through the clouds, before a flash of illumination lit the skies for miles around.

“We saw this big green ball of fire. it kind of came out of the sky, out of the blue,” one local told Eyewitness News in South Africa.

“There was sudden flash. Like an orange stripe in the sky, followed by a very bright explosion where the sky lit up as if it was daytime."

The meteor has still not been found, although any residents hoping to cash in have been warned that the rock is owned by the state even if it lands on their property.

Millions of meteors, or meteoroids as they are properly known, enter the earth's atmosphere every day, although most are too small to be visible. Their tails of light are produced as they burn up at high speeds.
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