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'Meteorite' seen in mutliple Australian states is reported 'Object 40077,' part of a Russian rocket launched days ago

Social media lit up around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night with the hashtag #meteor as reports that a bright fireball-like object with a long tail was burning across the sky in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia.

Some who caught footage assumed it was a meteor, while others feared it was an airplane getting ready to crash, even calling in emergency services.

Sydney observatory astronomer Melissa Hulberttold told the Herald Sun that the fireball, which was 'the size of a small truck' and hurtling around the Earth at some 18,000 mph,' according to CNN, 'was more likely part of a Russian satellite launched from Kazakhstan.'

CNN also reported that astronomers confirmed 'it was object 40077, the third stage of the Soyuz rocket which was launched from Kazakhstan on Tuesday.'
Flaming Space Junk Over Australia Is Russian Rocket Debris

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Max Lilly July 11 2014 at 8:43 AM

It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a Russian Missile with a nice thermonuclear device inside. I could have sworn it was a North Korean missile. Why the hell are they shooting over Australia ???

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clahagin July 11 2014 at 6:46 AM

OI ,...
Lookeet THAT'
Whut iz that ??

itz bloody movin' through tha skoy,...

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alfredschrader July 11 2014 at 7:01 AM

They could have attached an inflatable parachute, re-used it, and saved 50 billion Rupies.

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onionson alfredschrader July 11 2014 at 2:47 PM

No, it was Russian, not Indian.

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xpphil12 July 11 2014 at 7:54 AM

Nothing like the panic Americans will feel when the Obamacare chickens come home to roost.Lots of our rubes voted for the man-child.

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Mike July 11 2014 at 6:34 AM

A more likely scenario is that the Aborigines have finally blasted off after centuries of watching this backwater planet.

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hensteeth Mike July 11 2014 at 7:09 AM

A more likely scenario? Hey Mike, they call them aborigines -- the original people who normally succumb to superior technology -- for a good reason. It would require a heroic fart to lift an aboriginal off the ground.

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Mike hensteeth July 11 2014 at 7:57 AM

Sounds like you got the got the gas to make it happen.

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glenvts2 Mike July 11 2014 at 9:39 PM

hensteeth I would if I was you not open your mouth...before reading history books.

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breid2 July 11 2014 at 7:33 AM

the people were petrified were they? turned to stone? oh my!

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maggiemoe1950 July 11 2014 at 1:28 PM

Fireball in sky frightens many in Australia
Just think how The World will be FRIGHTEN when this happens :
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Believers refer to this as THE RAPTURE. Jesus is coming soon, and I PRAY YOU will be READY.

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buddwhyzr maggiemoe1950 July 11 2014 at 8:15 PM

If I had a nickel for every time that fairy tale was spewed out.................

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Bbrugoo2 July 11 2014 at 7:36 AM

Aussies have nothing better to look forward to but just panic?

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glenvts2 Bbrugoo2 July 11 2014 at 9:29 PM

Us Australians Bbrugoo2 have a lot to look forward to unlike America. And the report is untrue.

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Kurtis Erikson July 11 2014 at 10:42 AM

Here I thought it was object 40078. My bad.

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bjredmond64 Kurtis Erikson July 11 2014 at 5:42 PM

yes yes yes! come quickly Lord Jesus!

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koukloudaki Kurtis Erikson July 11 2014 at 11:33 PM

i thought it was an errant plo missile

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gerrycam July 11 2014 at 10:33 AM

Just to set the record straight:
Meteoroid = astral debris travelling through space. Meteor = the streak of visible light seen when an meteroid enters the atmosphere and is heated to luminescence. Meteorite = the remnants a meteoroid after impact. What is scene in these pictures = space junk burning up upon rentry into the Earths atmosphere.

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gerrycam gerrycam July 11 2014 at 10:40 AM

that would be seen..not scene, although it could be seen as an exceptionally interesting scene.

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