A bright fireball exploded over New Zealand's South Island at 09:15 UTC (21:15 local time) on June 18, 2018. Witnesses say the object was green or blue and brighter than the full moon.
''Anybody see the crazy lights and hear the boom at 9.15,'' one eyewitness, located at Lake Hawea, posted on social media. ''The sky lit up brighter than a full moon,'' his partner said. His post received 112 responses, the Otago Daily Times reports.
"A bright blue flash that trailed along with a tail followed by another larger blue flash," another eyewitness said, adding that sonic boom hit about a minute later, shaking his house.
Alan Gilmore, Tekapo meteorite authority, who did not witness the event, suggested it was probably a meteor of a size larger than a basketball.
''The boom implies that it came quite low. An object has to come down below about 60 km [37 miles] for sound to reach the ground,'' he said.
The International Meteor Organization received just one report about this event.
Featured image: Eyewitness reports heatmap. Credit: IMO
Register/become a supporter
Your support is crucial for our survival. It makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.
You'll receive your ad-free account for 20x faster browsing experience, clean interface without any distractions, ability to post comments without prior editorial check, all our desktop and mobile applications (current and upcoming) ad-free and with the full set of features available, a direct line of communication and much more. See all options.