Stargazers have been left scratching their heads after spotting what appeared to be a meteor soaring through the night sky.
Several people took to social media to post photos of videos of the object, which was seen flying over Australia on Thursday night.
As seen in the video above, the object appeared to leave behind a bright orange glow before burning out of sight.
Most sightings of the light were made from Queensland, from Roma to Bundaberg to Hervey Bay.
However, experts don’t think it was a meteor at all, but rather a piece of debris from a Chinese satellite.
Dr Eleanor Sansom from Curtin Space Science and Technology Centre, who doubles as project manager of the Australian Desert Fireball Network, said it was obvious the flaming object was manmade.
“It’s different to a usual meteor,” she told 7NEWS.com.au.
“There’s lots of different bits breaking off, (which is) not normal for natural objects.”
The object was also going “really slowly” which is why so many people were able to capture videos of it.
“It was travelling around 11km per second,” Sansom said.
“Whereas a meteor travels on average at around 30-40km per second.”
The object’s speed was consistent with something de-orbiting the earth, like satellite debris.
Sansom concluded it was a piece of space junk from a Chinese rocket called the Chinese Long March 3B, which according to satellite tracking websites, was coming down on Thursday night.
The space expert said that the piece of junk would have burned up completely around 100km above ground and didn’t present any danger to the public.
The sighting caused quite a stir on social media.
“I saw a fireball in the sky tonight,” one person said on social media.
“Amazing sight. So unexpected I didn’t even think of my phone camera until too late!”
“What an awesome thing to witness,” another person said.
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