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The hunt is on for a falling star believed to have fallen somewhere at the confluence of Shashe and Motloutse Rivers or buried itself in a hole somewhere in the region a fortnight ago.
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The hunt is on for a falling star believed to have fallen somewhere at the confluence of Shashe and Motloutse Rivers or buried itself in a hole somewhere in the region a fortnight ago.
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"It looks like it came close to the ground or possibly hit the ground and there are people looking for pieces" - Claire Flanagan, Johannesburg Planetarium.

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The meteor was spotted by dozens people as it passed over Johannesburg and Pretoria in Kauteng province on Saturday.
The Johannesburg Planetarium subsequently appealed for any witnesses who managed to record the space rock's fall to come forward with the footage.

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"By law in this country any meteorite which hits the ground belongs to the state. So it will be given over to the universities to study its origins and its characteristics, after that it will become property of the state so somebody who finds this object will not be able top keep it" - Tim Cooper, Astronomical Society of South Africa.

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Ed ~ Burgersfort is located near the border of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

Latitude: 2440'S, Longitude: 3019'E

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The Johannesburg Planetarium has requested footage captured by members of the public.

"If footage from enough security cameras is available, it could possibly be used to work out where the meteor came from, how fast it was travelling, how high it was, and where it ended up" - astronomer Claire Flanagan.

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This is CCTV footage of a meteor that had exploded over the skies of Gauteng, South Africa on the 21st of November 2009, shortly after 23:00.

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Footage from the security camera of the Mustek building in Midrand of the meteor shower that took place on 21 Nov 2009.

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