The Hunt Is On For The Meteor That Lit Up The Sky

Scientists are hopeful the fireball survived the atmosphere and made it to Earth.

Some Australians have been treated to a spectacular light show, after a suspected meteor lit up the night sky.

The mysterious fireball flew above Perth and the Wheatbelt at about 7.40pm on Tuesday.

It was spotted from Mindarie on WA's coast all the way to Meckering, more than 150 kilometres away.

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However, the exact landing position of the meteor is difficult to determine from eyewitness accounts, Curtin University Professor of Planetary Science Phil Bland told ten daily.

Bland will lead the team from the Desert Fireball Network -- a research project out of Curtin University that studies meteorites and fireballs -- as they use data collected from observatories to determine a possible landing position, if it made it to Earth.

Hundreds of reports of the sighting have been made to Fireballs In The Sky, the community outreach arm of DFN.

DFN has 52 observatories across Australia, with one known to have caught footage of the fireball Bland said.

"Fingers crossed others saw it as they provide really good analysis for us to get a location," he said.

If the fireball did make it to Earth, it will be a rare event, as 95 percent of meteors burn up as they enter the atmosphere.

Bland has hope Tuesday's is an exception, and is buoyed by dozens of dashcam and amateur videos emerging of the event.

"The fact that it was so bright is unusual, which means it must have been big," he said.

People have also reported hearing a sonic boom as it flew over, meaning it was fairly low in the atmosphere Bland told ten daily.

The last meteorite to land in WA was in 2016, and was recovered by Curtin University near Morawa.

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