Did you see this meteor last night?

Mt Stromlo Observatory confirmed reports of a meteor. This picture captures the meteor (top left) travelling from the west to the north at 7.34pm. Picture courtesy of Mt Stromlo Observatory
Mt Stromlo Observatory confirmed reports of a meteor. This picture captures the meteor (top left) travelling from the west to the north at 7.34pm. Picture courtesy of Mt Stromlo Observatory

A meteor lit up the skies in south eastern NSW at 7.34pm on Thursday.

The bluish-green meteor streaked the sky with a long tail.

It was sighted from Merimbula to Tamworth.

The dull, young moon made for an impressive show – the brighter the moon, the less chance a meteor will be visible from Earth.

Mt Stromlo Observatory in the ACT caught the meteor on camera, coming from the west and travelling to the north.

“It was a small meteor, about 20cm in diameter, made of very dense iron,” Stromlo observatory spokesman Brad Tucker said.

“We see them around once a month, but they’re more common around meteor showers.”

With a meteor shower planned for early May, amateur astronomers will be looking to the sky for a light show in upcoming weeks.

The meteor last night was clearly visible from Kiama, there have been a number of first-hand reports from amazed star gazers.