Fireball disintegrates over upper North
A great capture this morning at 4:24am of a meteor burning up through atmosphere over Auckland’s north-west. It was heard booming through the atmosphere across Northland by many on social media.
Video credit Logan Carpenter
When a space rock collides with earth's atmosphere, it disintegrates as pressure exceeds the strength of the object, resulting in the fireball's bright flare. Typically, less than 5 percent of the original object will ever make it down to the ground. When they do, it's called a meteorite.