EXPERT: Last night's 'asteroid' could be first in a group
WAPPA Falls Observatory owner Owen Bennedick has fielded more than 100 calls from last night's flashing light and booming sounds experienced in Gladstone and across Queensland.
And he said the event at 8.33pm wasn't the only one last night.
At 2am Mr Bennedick received a call from an airline pilot who spotted a flying object at Buderim.
Mr Bennedick expected both sightings were a near earth asteroid (NEA) approximately 3-5m in diameter.
The former Gladstone resident said we could see more too, with NEA's typically travelling in groups.
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Mr Bennedick explains why it was an asteroid:
"There was a second object that came down at 2am that most people don't know about," he said.
"I received a phone call from a very qualified man who gave me a scientific explanation of what he saw and heard," he said.
Mr Bennedick said most of his calls from our region were from Gladstone and Turkey Beach residents.
"We've heard is that it sounded like someone was pounding on their walls or doors," Mr Benedict said.
"A couple of fishermen out at Yeppoon saw it and reported it because they thought it was an emergency flare.
"Most things that come out of the asteroid belt are nickel and iron.
"You can tell if it's an NEA because of the colour and how it's burnt going through the atmosphere.
"These things are extremely hot and they're travelling very fast.
"To have enough energy to make a vibrations felt across a 100km diameter, then it had to be something fairly significant last night," he said.
Mr Bennedick said it was likely the asteroid burst in the sky.
He explains there could be more coming and why there was a lack of warning:
He believes this because the Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed there has not been a minor tsunamis caused from a "potential strike in the ocean".
"It would have been an air burst, that's from air pressure that is built up so strong and it detonated and blew up in mid-air."
"(It burst) somewhere between Gladstone and Turkey Beach."
Mr Bennedick said there was no warning about the asteroid because the monitoring technology was not advanced enough to trace smaller objects.
"The equipment we have at the moment can see anything that is 5 - 10m or bigger but there's not technology for the smaller objects.
"There's no willpower or financial backing too.
"The solar system is full of junk and it's only a matter of time that
Today he is considering driving to Gladstone to find out more information from locals.
He is urging residents to check their backyards for any fallen meteorites.
The Wappa Falls Observatory is one of Queensland's leading private observatories with 16 telescopes ranging in size.