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A meteorite may have crashed into Mt Coolum last night

WE can't say for sure whether a rock from space slammed into Mt Coolum last night, but something streaked through the night sky over the Sunshine Coast.

A call-out on the Daily's Facebook page drew hundreds of comments from Sunshine Coast residents, some of whom saw the streak in the sky as it fell towards the mountain.

" I saw it," commented Gabby Smith. "We live in Noosa Parklands, Tewantin. It was out towards the West.

"In my 48 years I've never seen anything so BIG. So BRIGHT. With such a big tail. It was truly amazing. Unreal!"

Greg Jackman saw something too - although it might have been a different somerthing...

"Might of been the night for it," he said. "We left Coolum after 9.00 last night and while heading down the Bruce Hwy I saw the greenest looking shooting star I have ever seen.

We have had a report (unconfirmed) of a meteorite hitting Mount Coolum last night. Did anyone see anything?

Posted by Sunshine Coast Daily on Monday, January 11, 2016

"It was well over Brisbane's bayside suburbs. Lasted for a long time."

Kristy Clare Mostyn said her kids had a close encounter with ... something.

"At approximately 7.30pm last night my boys were driving the Sunshine Motorway and a massive white thing came towards the car and hit the roof with an almighty bang," she said. "They turned around and went back but there was nothing ... it scared them!"

Inevitably, given the timing of the event, some people drew a link between the supposed meteorite and the passing yesterday of rock star David Bowie.

"That was Major Tom making a landing," quipped David Newton.

"Hope there was a sprinkling of star dust," replied Kathryn Pritchard.

Topics:  meteorites mt coolum shooting stars


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