Thursday, October 15, 2009

Netherlands Fireball - October 13, 2009

A bright fireball has been reported to streak across the sky in the Netherlands by many observers at approximately 1658 UT on Oct. 13th. The bolide breaks apart into a half-dozen fragments, and a trail in the sky remained visible for many minutes.

(Credit: Jan de Vries)

(Credit: Robert Mikaelyan, The Netherlands)

(Credit: Maciej Libert, The Netherlands)

According to Spaceweather website: "Royal Dutch Meteorology Institute listening post detected strong infrasound (low-frequency sound) waves, apparently confirming a high-altitude breakup event". More images of both the fireball and the trail can be seen here.

Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day. Most occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions and many are masked by daylight. The brighter the fireball, the more rare is the even.

by Ernesto Guido

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