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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.

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