News

WATCH: 'Meteor' landed near Heron Island: Astronomer

AN AMATEUR astronomer believes the meteor which sent shock waves through the region last month soared past or crashed directly over Heron Island.

On September 26 residents from Gladstone and across central Queensland reported seeing a bright flashing light and homes trembling about 8.30pm. 

Amateur astronomer David Finlay has revealed his research into the meteor that sent shockwaves throughout Gladstone and central Queensland.
Amateur astronomer David Finlay has revealed his research into the meteor that sent shockwaves throughout Gladstone and central Queensland.

Amateur astronomer David Finlay has assessed video footage taken from Rockhampton to Maryborough to make the estimate on the location of the meteor, Heron Island.

WATCH: Government footage of 'fireball' lighting up the sky 

"Using plots from security camera videos posted by Dean Smith in Rockhampton and Hyne Timber in Maryborough, a rough location for the Gladstone meteor can be determined as having occurred over Heron Island," Mr Finlay said.

Watch Dean Smith's video:

"The videos show a very large, fragmenting meteor fireball hurtling towards the sea.

"This fragmentation, combined with the loud shockwave heard and felt from Gladstone and surrounding area, make this meteor event a very good candidate for producing meteorites; rocks from space that have landed on earth."

"Often when meteorites are produced by these larger events, they are spread out in what is called a strewn field.

"Meteorite strewn fields are like a cosmic shotgun blast that can be several kilometres wide and tens of kilometres long. Heron Island may fall within a possible strewn field for this event."

Mr Finlay said he would be interested to know what witnesses on Heron Island saw or heard that night.

He said there was also a chance small black rocks could have landed on the island.

Topics:  astronomers editors picks general-seniors-news gladstone region heron island meteor research


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Former marine biologist weighs in on pink water

Pink water and a strong smell was discovered at Airlie beach lagoon inlet this morning

A strong smell was in the air at the Airlie lagoon this morning.

Domino's hits ground running

TEAM DOMINOS: Deepala Sha, Nicole Reville, Manjula Ravi, Lily Muir, Gabby Harper, Dean Bobak, Latif Abul, Tim Stilwel and Raymond Black of the Airlie Beach Dominoes store.

One year on and Domino's is on track

Thundakats to hear it first

READY TO ROCK: Thundamentals will surprise fans with new music when they hit the stage at Magnums Hotel on Saturday night.

Thundamentals will hit Magnums tomorrow night

Local Partners

An 'Aussie twist' on the great Christmas classic

The Whitsundays College of English presented their play 'An Aussie night Before Christmas' on Thursday to kids at Cannonvale Library.

Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!