'Biggest meteor in years' crashes near Gladstone

RENOWNED Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell recently said that China's 8.5 tonne "Heavenly Place" space station was out of control.

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But he said it wasn't that space ship that came crashing down to Gladstone, Australia, on Monday September 26.

He said it was most likely a meteor, a big one, the likes that haven't been seen in "several years".

"It's not the Chinese spacelab, that won't re-enter for another year," he said.


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"It's not a comet, or Queensland (Australia) wouldn't exist anymore (and we'd have seen it coming for days).

"It is probably a large meteor - I'm guessing a rock about a metre across which would have been big enough perhaps to leave fragments (meteorites) on the ground."

He said it would be undetectable until it hit the Earth's atmosphere seconds before we all become a aware of it.

"This sounds like a big one, first in several years that has been that big," he said.

"Except for the ones that come in over the ocean and only get seen by satelities."

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