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Fernando Braga captured the following footage of the spectacle, which he believed was a meteor that “exploded” from his apartment near Southern Cross Station

The senior lecturer in physics at RMIT and former astronaut trainer Dr Gail Iles says the meteor traveled “a few kilometers per second” but it technically did not explode

“Because it moves so fast, it interacts with the particles in the atmosphere around the earth and creates this great lightning bolt,” she explained to Neil Mitchell

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World news – AU – VIDEO: Meteor burns in the sky over Melbourne