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Bright daylight fireball over northern Germany

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A bright daylight fireball flew over Poland and northern Germany around 17:32 UTC on September 27, 2019. This is the second daylight meteor event over northern Germany this month.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 150 eyewitness reports, mostly from northern Germany, Poland, and southern Sweden.

Daylight fireball over northern Germany on September 27, 2019 – heatmap. Credit: AMS

A similar event took place over northern Germany at 12:49 UTC on September 12, 2019. The 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 was 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.

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

Featured image credit: AMS/AKM

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