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Bright daylight meteor over northern Germany

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A bright daylight meteor was recorded above northern Germany at 12:49 UTC on September 12, 2019.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 496 reports by 10:30 UTC (September 13) from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark.

The Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) registered it at 54.4N 9.2E (northern Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) at an altitude of 42 km (26 miles). The object was traveling at a speed of 18.5 km/s. The recorded impact energy of the event is 0.48 kt.

The stone was probably '1 meter to a few meters' in diameter, Joost Hartman, chairman of the Werkgroep Meteoren said. The stone must have been large in any case, because the light trail in the sky was so bright that it came out above the sunlight.

It is possible some pieces of the object survived and ended somewhere in the North Sea.

Daylight fireball over northern Germany on September 12, 2019 – heatmap. Credit: AMS

Featured image credit: Marchal V./AMS

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