Aleks Devic From: Herald Sun
March 05, 2012 6:45AM
UPDATE: A FIREBALL that streaked through the sky last night had many thinking a plane had crashed.
The meteor was seen across Victoria at about 10.45pm, including at Anglesea, Frankston, Berwick, Cairnlea, Tullamarine, Dandenong.
The fireball even caused a sensation in the UK with police inundated with emergency phone calls.
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The control tower in Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport was also flooded with calls from locals fearing there had been a plane crash.
Astronomer David Reneke said it was unusual that the fireball was spotted across the globe and said it was probably the lead up to a meteor shower that was about to happen.
He said usually at the end February fireballs were often seen but not in March.
“To be seen around the world – it’s crazy,” he said.
“They are just slow moving bits of rock that catch on fire and burn.
“On occasions they even explode.”
Herald Sun reader Brad Dorrington, of Newborough, witnessed the sky show.
“(It) looked amazing several red hot glows with a trail behind them with what looked to be dust behind it,” he said.
Benjamin Cross, of Berwick, said it was surreal to glimpse the fiery tail.
“(It was) the most amazing thing I have ever seen,” he said.
– with Angus Thompson