Are these the same object?
Q. “Hi im from bateau bay n.s.w.tonight 6.20pm i saw a meteor going from west to east fizzing out over the sea could this be a fragment of yesterdays report of a near miss of a much larger object , my sighting showed a brilliant long tale slow moving”
A. The meteor you saw last night is unlikely to be associated with asteroid 2004 XP14 that passed relatively close to Earth on Monday as meteors are generally associated with comets. Comets have a trail of dust spread out along their path around the Sun and when the Earth intersects one of these dust streams we see a meteor shower. The one you saw was probably a sporadic meteor that can arrive any time from any direction.
Q. “Less than half an hour ago (it is now 6.55PM on6th July), my daughter and I saw quite an amazing meteorite (or I presume it was such). We were standing in Abbotsford and this ‘shooting star’, tail ablaze, came in in the opposite direction to and seemingly lower than, aircraft coming in to land. I have never seen one of these before. It seemed to be quite large and much lower on the horizon than an aircraft that came by several seconds later. Do you have any comment about this? Where did it land? The Observatory must have monitored it!”
A. What you saw does sound like a bright meteor or fireball, which is a small rock from space hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burning up 40 or 50 kilometres above the Earth’s surface. If a piece of it survives the trip through the atmosphere that is a meteorite. Unfortunately, unless it actually lands by someone’s feet or is otherwise observed we do not know if any fragment did survive to become a meteorite. What you saw sounds spectacular and is possibly the same meteor that was seen by someone from Bateau Bay.