The bright object was spotted in Bendigo moving east towards Daylesford and beyond. It could also be seen from parts of northern Tasmania. Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Southern Queensland Jonti Horner said the slow speed of the object pointed to the likelihood it was space junk. “The slow speed, about 6 kilometres per second, is a very telltale sign that it is space junk,” he said.
Mysterious flying object lighting up sky in central Victoria believed to be space junk
Possible link to Russian rocket launch
He said extra-terrestrial material such as fragments of a comet or asteroid would move much more quickly.
Professor Horner said it was possible the object was part of a rocket used to launch a Russian satellite several hours earlier.
“Astronomy is a detective story, it’s very cool, I love seeing things like this.”
He said the object would likely burn up high in the atmosphere but there was a chance some small pieces might make it to the ground.
Perry Vlahos from the Astronomical Society of Victoria agreed the object could have been be part of a Russian rocket.
“Because of the slow speed and shallow angle, and the fact it is disintegrating in the video suggests it was something in orbit like a small satellite,” he said.
“It’s still considered space junk because it was in space, it’s re-entering the atmosphere and burning up,” he said