Various locations from Woomera to Bordertown, South Australia
September 5th 2002
OZ File Sighting Report
Report taken from the AUFORN Mailing List
The Australian UFO Research Network
Many thanks to Keith Basterfield for his Final Report on these Callin Codes.
AUFORN - Sth Australian State Director
SIGHTINGS OF 5 SEPTEMBER 2002-SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Data was collected from television and radio reports, the ABC News website, and responses gathered from "Letters to the Editor" in a number of South Australian country newspapers. The following summary is drawn from this data.
2. The sighting:
At about 6 p.m. on the 5th September 2002 a brilliant sky object was observed from a wide area of South Australia. Observers at locations as far north as Woomera (400 Kms North of Adelaide), and as far south as Bordetown ( 300 kms South-East of Adelaide) reported the spectacular sight.
From Woomera it appeared as a flash, low down hear the horizon in a South-East direction. From Bordertown, it was described as a green/yellow ball at 20-30 degrees elevation to the North-West, and left a smoke trail which lasted about 30 minutes. From Adelaide it was at an estimated elevation of 60 degrees to the South.
The most detailed observations came from people in the area some 80 kms South of Adelaide, around Hindmarsh Island, Goolwa, Encounter Bay and Victor Harbor. In these locations, the object appeared as a multi (3-4) headed light followed by a trail of "smoke."
Its reported colour varied from green to yellow to blue. It travelled from East to West and was almost overhead at one point. It passed on to a point estimated as 45 degrees in the Western sky, when it "exploded" and disappeared from view. After an interval of some seconds, a double "boom" sound was heard. Prior to the object "exploding" some witnesses reported other sounds described as "a swoosh" to "a sizzle." The estimated duration of the visual event was 10-15 seconds.
Interestingly, there were also reports of "a ball of flame with trailing vapour" from Shepparton, Victoria at about the same time.
All details are consistent with the object being a natural meteor, larger in size than those which most people see as a nocturnal "shooting star." The East to West trajectory suggests it was not a piece of "space junk" re-entering the atmosphere. The reported "swoosh" and "sizzle" sounds have been previously reported in association with other bright meteors. As the object's trajectory was heading out into the ocean it is doubtful if any pieces would have landed on solid ground.
Almost certainly a natural meteor.
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