Meteor spotted in Roodepoort

Meteor spotted in Roodepoort. Photo for illustrative purposes.

A massive meteorite was spotted entering the earth’s atmosphere at about 6am today.

See video from dashcam posted on YouTube by Brett Odendaal here:

Resident Matthew Hope recorded the incident while he was driving on Constantia Drive in Constantia Kloof. Matthew said it was the biggest meteorite he has ever seen.

“It happened this morning when I turned from Golf Club Terrace into Constantia Drive, on the hill next to the Hyperama. It’s the biggest and clearest meteorite I have ever seen, it was amazing.”

A meteorite is a solid piece of debris from an object, such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives its passage through the Earth’s atmosphere and impacts with the Earth’s surface or that of another planet.

When the object enters the atmosphere, various factors like friction, pressure, and chemical interactions with atmospheric gases cause it to heat up and radiate energy. It then becomes a meteor and forms a fireball, also known as a shooting or falling star.

Look closely to the right hand side of this video to see the meteor

Video footage courtesy of Matthew Hope.

Did you see this object in the early morning sky? If so, please contact the Record by emailing us at [email protected].

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Sonwabile Antonie
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