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Meteorites

  • On Feb. 21st, a small space rock hit Earth's atmosphere and exploded over the Caribbean. Although the impact did not occur directly over Puerto Rico, cameras there had no trouble seeing the explosion. Frankie Lucena recorded this footage from Cabo Rojo, PR:

    "The sky lit up brightly when the meteor hit," says Lucena. "The flash came from the direction of the Dominican Republic."

    Indeed, he continues, "the GOES16 Group Energy Density image shows that it exploded over the Dominican Republic at 07:30 UTC (Feb. 21st):

    The fireball was so bright, many cameras recorded the flash. "One of our hurricane Nest cams in St. John USVI also captured the event," report Mark Sudduth and Brent Lynn from the US Virgin Islands. An all-sky camera operated by the Sociedad de Astronomia del Caribe in Puerto Rico also saw it.

    "There is a good chance of finding some meteorites on land in the Dominican Republic," says Lucena.

     

  • A ski resort in Banff National Park captured a massive fireball meteor burning through the sky early in the morning on Wednesday, February 19. Sunshine Village's IT team checked on their Jackrabbit chairlift camera after hearing reports of an Alberta meteor sighting. As revealed by the time mark on the footage, at around 12:16 a.m, a giant exploding meteor ripped through the sky in the north-east direction.

    This isn't the first time this month that Albertans caught a fireball exploding across the sky.

    Calgarians witnessed a dazzling fireball flying across the sky on Saturday, February 9, leading locals to go on social media to react to this unusual sighting in the sky.

    We might have missed this week's astronomical phenomena altogether had it not been for the Jackrabbit camera situated on the ski hill's chairlift.

    The footage shows a massive ball of white light moving across the sky and as it falls, it explodes into a yellow flame. By the time it hits the horizon, it has completely disappeared.

    It may have only lasted for a few seconds but these are the kind of natural sensations that last in our memories for a long, long time.

    Kendra Scurfield, a spokesperson for Sunshine Village, spoke to CTV News about the rare sight. She said their cameras tend to catch amazing wonders like this from time to time.

    She added, "It was a huge fireball, almost like the sun."

    Scurfield also said that their lift camera had previously recorded videos of the meteors during the Perseids meteor shower.

    The Calgary Heraldstated that the University of Calgary has reached out to the resort to access this video so that they can locate where the meteor fell. They are looking to harvest the meteorite.

  • A spectacular daylight fireball exploded over northern Croatia at 09:31 UTC on February 28, 2020. The event was witnessed from all over Croatia, Slovenia, and parts of northern Italy. It was followed by a sonic boom, registered by seismographs as an earthquake. It is possible some pieces of the object survived the atmospheric entry.

    Although some residents initially thought it was an airplane breaking the sound barrier or an earthquake, the Croatian Astronomical Union (CAU) confirmed it was, in fact, a bolide -- extremely bright meteor.

    The sonic boom was registered in capital Zagreb at 09:34 UTC, three minutes after the visual spectacle. The sound lasted for several seconds and was heard across northern Croatia.

    Some residents reported their windows shook as a result of the explosion, but there are no reports of material damage.

    According to the CAU, the meteor exploded at a height of about 30 km (18.6 miles).

    It is possible some pieces survived atmospheric entry, but it's still unclear where they might have landed.

    According to unofficial reports, a piece of the object was found in the city of Koprivnica.

     

  • A large fireball exploded over Spain's Andalusia region around 23:00 UTC on January 28, 2020. The event was particularly seen over the cities of Cadiz and Seville, from more than 400 km (248 miles) away.

    One fragment reportedly fell in La Campina de Sevilla, in an area near Arahal.

    The event was picked up by the detectors that the Southwest Europe Meteor and Winds Network operates in various portions of Andalusia. Images were acquired from the observatories of Calar Alto, La Sagra, and Seville. According to reports, the fireball's luminosity was greater than that of the full moon.

    These detectors work within the SMART Project's framework, which aims to continuously monitor the skies to record and examine the impacts of space rocks against the Earth's atmosphere.

    Some of the witnesses, especially from the provinces of Seville, Cadiz, and Huelva have reached out to the research network, reporting their sightings.

    Astrophysicist and SMART Project researcher Jose Maria Madiedo of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia has studied the phenomenon, and the analysis showed that the meteorite plummeted into the atmosphere at around 61 000 km/h (37 904 mph) north of Cadiz.

    The rock's rapid plunge caused it to become incandescent, producing a bright ball of fire at an altitude of roughly 91 km (56 miles).

    Moreover, the fireball advanced northeastward towards Seville and faded when it was at an altitude of around 20 km (12 miles), almost over the town of Arahal.

    Such fireballs usually disintegrate in the atmosphere, but according to the preliminary analysis of this particular fireball, small pieces of the rock could have survived meteor's sharp fall through our planet's atmosphere and crashed into the ground.

    Further examination is underway to identify the rock's mass.

    SEE ALSO: Spectacular Meteor Fireball Explosion over Puerto Rico

  • A meteorite crashed into a factory compound in Rajasthan's Alwar village, India early Tuesday local time, February 11, 2020, leaving a 6 m (20 feet) deep crater in the compound. The event was captured on videos, showing the sky lit up as the meteor pummels into the ground. No building damage has been reported.

    The phenomenon occurred at around 05:18 LT (February 10 at 23:48 UTC) at the Itarana industrial area, where a CCTV camera caught the bright meteor before hitting the ground.

    Reports said a blast was felt as the meteor fell, with people initially believing it was an earthquake.

    A resident named Rajesh Kumar Gupta said woke up to the loud explosion in the morning. He decided to go out of the house to check the happening and said he felt a gust of strong wind.

    In addition, farmers in Fauladpur city of Shahjahanpur also reported witnessing the meteor. According to another resident named Ajay Chaudhary, there was a sudden flash of light in the sky.

    Although no damage has been reported in the vicinity, the object left a 6 m (20 feet) deep crater in the compound of the factory. The police have since cordoned off the area.

    The fireball was also reported by CNEOS at an altitude of 41.7 km (25.9 miles) and coordinates 28.2N/76.7E. It had a speed of 31.7 km/s and total impact energy of 0.095 kilotons.

    Chairman of astronomical organization Space India, Sachin Bamba, confirmed that the object was indeed a meteor.

    Space India said its team will conduct research to study the object's origin.

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