Expert says not enough is being done to watch our skies

AN ASTRONOMER has raised concerns about the ability to watch for near-Earth asteroids bigger than the one thought to have lit up the central Queensland sky on Monday night.

Astronomer Owen Bennedick from Wappa Falls Observatory said an asteroid was likely responsible for the multiple reports of a large bang, a flash in the sky and tremors near Gladstone about 8.30pm on Monday.

According to the Brisbane Times, Mr Bennedick said not enough was being done to monitor the thousands of objects orbiting the Earth, hundreds of which were asteroids one kilometre or larger in diameter.

"There's not enough research done around the world and not enough observatories or observing time to do it," he said.

Mr Bennedick argued there needed to be funding for observatories to monitor the bodies, an organisation to help coordinate monitoring or amateur astronomers had to pick up the slack.

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