Shooting star steals show off cricketers
A dramatic atmospheric light show, believed to be a meteor shower or space junk, illuminated the sky above the North Island last night.
The shooting star was first seen shortly after 8.58pm, and was visible for several minutes.
Witnesses from as far as Taupo and Auckland described a bright light that appeared to fall out of the sky, followed by a ‘‘boom’’ sound.
It was seen as far south as Taupo, with reports coming in from Waikato and Auckland.
A MetService spokesperson said the object was probably a meteor, but Auckland University physics professor and cosmology expert Richard Easther tweeted that it may instead have been ‘‘space junk’’ – debris from manmade objects in space, such as old satellites.
Abigail Dougherty was in Whiritoa with her family and saw the object flying over her head. ‘‘It was really quiet but sparkly and moved in an arch form.’’
At the Black Caps-Sri Lanka cricket one-dayer in Mt Maunganui, the camera operators turned their lens to the sky as the batting heroics below were forgotten.