Tonight I was walking home from the supermarket and saw an unusual shooting star.

It appeared at a point in the sky, bright red and accelerated to a visible extent far faster than any other shooting star I have seen, in an apparent downward trajectory. Living in Australia my entire life I have seen many shooting stars but none of them has red color either. And it did not seem to diminish brightness, and disappeared from sight at a singular point.

My guess at this point is a firework that was fired from an aircraft or drone, strapped to some sort of fire retardant apparatus to quell the energy upon release.

Does anyone else have better ideas?

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    $\begingroup$ It still can be a meteoroid because they come in bunch of color effects. Red meteoroid color happens when super-heated air plasma which they produces are composed mainly of nitrogen and oxygen. $\endgroup$ – Agnius Vasiliauskas Aug 31 '19 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ Sure I guessed something along the lines would be the case, but the acceleration and constancy of the brightness combined with the striking red colour is really what had me a little disturbed, I mean I don't know what shooting stars look like elsewhere because I've never travelled, but here I have only ever seen ones in the ball park of star light $\endgroup$ – Adam Aug 31 '19 at 15:16

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