A meteor shocked onlookers Tuesday after it blasted its way across the night sky above Perth, Australia.
Residents reported hearing a loud boom in the city, which turned out to be a huge meteor that lit up the sky, Digg reported. Astronomers said the meteor traveled through the atmosphere at up to almost 44 miles per second, 9 News reported.
The Fire and Emergency services started receiving calls from frightened residents at 7:40 p.m. regarding the fireball in the sky. One caller even suspected it was a UFO, Australia Broadcasting Corporation reported.
The meteor explosion created a bright pink trail as it streamed across the ozone layer. (RELATED: A Meteor Literally Rocked Michigan)
Scientists at Curtin University are trying to determine if the meteor burned up while in the atmosphere or on the ground in the town of York, The Guardian added.
The meteor traveled at approximately 50,000 kilometers per hour or approximately 31,069 miles an hour, according to 9 News Perth.
The city of Perth has a population of 28,326 as of 2018 and the population is expected to grow to 40,903 by 2036, according to Perth’s tourism website. However, Perth’s greater metropolitan area reached 1,907,833 in 2016, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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