If you’re looking to be awestruck by the awesome power of nature, you simply cannot look past the humble meteor — a random accumulation of space debris that ignites spectacularly upon entering our atmosphere. Most of the time, these present as shooting stars; small and distant but not nothing to write home about. Sometimes though, they are abso-goddamn-lutely fucking bonkers, like this meteor that did a pretty good imitation of a malfunctioning alien spaceship in the skies above Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the NT last night:

Whoa! Police received reports of a large “fireball” flying across the sky between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek just after midnight. Turns out, Earth is currently moving through the tail of Halley’s Comet and it was a meteor shower. Lucky for us – CCTV footage in Tennant Creek captured it! Check it out.Nekminnut Mulder and Scully turn up…

Posted by NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services – Alice Springs and Southern on Sunday, 19 May 2019

After hearing reports of something weird in the sky, NT Police managed to find the footage after checking their CCTV cameras. NT Police duty superintendent James O’Brien told ABC News that they were sceptical about the reports at first: “We were a bit dubious about it. But then we started looking around our CCTV and the one in Tennant Creek sees this beautiful purple light coming down.

Other police CCTV footage showed the sky briefly being lit up:

While it definitely would have been cooler if this was aliens, it’s still pretty cool as is, I reckon.

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