‘Unbelievable’ Meteor seen in the skies Over New Zealand – April 2, 2012


A spectacular, bright meteor that left a long trail in the sky has stunned witnesses in Wellington and Christchurch tonight.

The WeatherWatch website has been inundated with reports of the fireball, which witnesses say rushed across the sky at about 6.30pm.

A Nelson resident described it as an “unbelievable” green, orange and white ball flying past at “super speed”, leaving behind a massive trail that lasted for nearly 10 minutes before dissipating.

A Hanmer Springs resident said they heard “a loud boom” about two minutes after it streaked past.

“Not sure if hit the ground or sonic boom, perhaps the latter, very exciting! Much more exciting than putting the washing out.”

A Wellingtonian said the meteor was “full on magnesium bright and flaming”, while another said it was “almost fluorescent and very intense”.

A Cantabrian said the whole family were excited by the meteor, which came low to the horizon with two bright flashes and trails of smoke.

Source and author: nzherald.co.nz *  meteor


7 responses to “‘Unbelievable’ Meteor seen in the skies Over New Zealand – April 2, 2012

  1. A prelude of what is coming? This has become more common over the last year, perhaps what we are experiencing are smaller rocks part of a greater cluster, on its way to us… Who knows, interesting stuff… Thanks


  2. May not know much about meteors, but do meteors regularly leave contrails in the snake-shaped fashion? Thought they would be straighter…


  3. It was straight at first, then the wind blew it around


  4. ahh,, makes sense, thanks


  5. ive witnesses meteorites at night,daylight streak accross the skies in my part of the world Somerset West South Africa,small 1s big 1s they light up the sky in seconds,ive spoken to some pilots they have noted an increase in meteorite activity,ive seen meteorites as big as a city block streaking accross the sky at a high altitude,showering off sparks,and smoke trails,day and night,in October 2011,at around 11pm sast,noticed a large metorite at cloud level around 20,000feet asl,out of nowhere streak across the sky showering off sparksdebris,it lit up the sky,for seconds,it went low over the horizon which most probably ended up in the atlantic ocean,and the local radio stations thet not intrested,only in the same ole politics nothing else.so yes there is an increase according to reports from sky observers in south africa,that more meteorite activity is increasing than ever seen before


  6. what did we do before the internet ? just stir up local rumours because our lives were so boring ? nothing is going to happen to our world, but a lot of people are making mega bucks on making you think something is going to happen. Mass hysteria gets easier as the population of the planet increases and you can see no end to the humdrum life you live. Don`t worry,be happy, `cause you`re a long time dead, luv ya!!