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22 November 2009

Meteor "Shower" Sighting: 21 November at 11h00 SAST

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The SAWDIS received the following two SMS messages from members of the public:

"11h37 - (21 November 2009) I just saw an amazing meteor over Pretoria. I have never seen anything that huge before."

"08h58 - (22 November 2009) Morning did anyone else see the meteor burning last night 11 o clock in the north?" Jacques du Toit

Any members of the public that can confirm or even better provide images of the meteor sighting towards the north last night at around 11h00 SAST?

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Eyewitness News Report:

"Johannesburg and Pretoria residents have come forward, claiming they spotted a meteor in the skies on Saturday night. People in Gauteng saw the bright light at around 11pm on Saturday night, heading towards the north of Pretoria “We saw this big green ball of fire. it kind of came out of the sky, out of the blue,” one resident said. “There was sudden flash. Like an orange stripe in the sky, followed by a very bright explosion where the sky lit up as if it was daytime,” another explained. Astronomers and scientists are still trying to find out where the meteor landed. Ronnie McKenzie collects meteorites and said something like this is very rare. “I would say it probably happens around two or three times a year around the world,” he said.

SAWDIS challenge our viewers and readers:

Now here is something that would put you and South Africa on the Word Map. Just image if we could find the meteor or at least parts of it. This is really exiting stuff. The possibility also exist that it could have burned up completely.

Wonder how much such a stone would be worth in South Africa?

No, not money wise but Scientific and Research wise. Possibly priceless!!

I believe there is already a search on the go or at least to plot the track of the meteor. Let's have some more info and maybe GPS co-ordinates. How about Google maps listing the exact area of sighting. Surely this is possible. This way we might assist Astronomers and Scientists.

Congrats to all those who sighted this maybe a once in a life time event!!