STARSTRUCK: South Burnett Times feature writer Elaelah Harley watched the meteor fly past Brisbane on Saturday, June 22.
STARSTRUCK: South Burnett Times feature writer Elaelah Harley watched the meteor fly past Brisbane on Saturday, June 22. Molly Hancock

OPINION: Meteor leaves Queensland starstruck

DID you know that a meteor had struck Queensland on Saturday, June 22?

I didn't know it was going to happen until I saw it by chance, outside my friend's balcony in Brisbane, just after 10pm.

The meteor, rudely interrupting our movie marathon, could be seen as a bright, blaring light, massive in size, and I couldn't believe my eyes.

Surely it was just fireworks, my friend and I convinced ourselves.

That was, until a photo of the meteor (by photographer Craig Turton) went viral on Facebook, confirming my initial suspicion.

As it turned out, that meteor was so large that it shook houses in Samford, a nearby Brisbane suburb.

Space fans and astronomy professionals on the internet believed this meteor was apart of the Taurid swarm, the same reoccurring swarm that destroyed an entire forest in Siberia in 1908.

In fact, earlier this month, a Western Ontario University study showed how this particular astronomical event which took place on Saturday also had the potential to cause a similar, severe impact.

Fortunately, reports show that wasn't the case, and it burned out before landing.

I woke up to this news on Sunday morning, right before a session at the Queensland Museum's NASA exhibit which I'd coincidentally planned in advance.

I was very excited to know that what I had believed I'd seen was true.

Like Mr Turton, I happened to be in the right place at the right time to see this wonderful astronomical event take place, and was able to watch it unfold from the comfort of the warm indoors.

From now onwards, I know I'll be making a bigger effort to watch the night skies, because who knows what else I'll see up there?

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