Brilliant fireball streaks across northwestern Germany

Brilliant fireball streaks across northwestern Germany

A bright fireball streaked across the sky over Germany at 23:38 UTC on March 2, 2020 (0:38 LT on March 3). 165 eyewitness reports were submitted to the American Meteor Society (AMS) by 13:30 UTC, mostly from the Netherlands and Belgium.

The trajectory stretched over the northwestern region near the Dutch border. "It was beautiful as if a huge rocket suddenly fell from the sky," said a person from Gelderland.

The event was also spotted by people from as far away as Newport in England and Centre-Val de Loire in France.

"[I] Have seen many small streaks across the sky but this was quite alarming as [it] was [a] very very large blue/green descending almost vertically," stated another viewer from England. "[I've] never seen anything so big and bright fall from the sky."

One spectator said that the fireball traveled in a vertical manner and described the colors to be "orange, red, white, and a hint of blue."

A person from Ile-de-France shared his experience, saying, "It crossed the horizon from top to bottom like a missile, giving off an intense clear green light."

"Since it was quite cloudy, the cloud became bright and also glowed green," remarked a resident from North Rhine-Westphalia, where the event trajectory occurred.

Klaas Jobse, an operator of the Astronomy Project Oostkapelle in the Netherlands, was able to capture it on camera.

The image showed the object exuding vibrant colors from green on the tail, blue on the middle portion, to orange and red-- just like how witnesses described it.

The International Meteor Organization (IMO) estimated the size at around 2 m (6.5 feet) and the speed at 14 km/s.

"We were able to calculate a preliminary source energy of the entering asteroid of about 0.27 kt TNT. With an assumed velocity and density of 14 km/s and 3000 kg/m3, respectively, the size would be around 2 m [6.5 feet] diameter, with a mass of about 10 t."

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Image credit: Klaas Jobse/Astronomy Project Oostkapelle

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Image credit: AMS

Featured image credit: Klaas Jobse/Astronomy Project Oostkapelle

Comments

Jamal Shrair 24 days ago

On March 4, 2020 there were 2018 potentially hazardous asteroids. Asteroid warning: NASA tracks a 4KM killer rock on approach - Could end human civilisation https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1249990/Asteroid-warning-NASA-tracks-4KM-killer-asteroid-hit-Earth-end-civilisation-asteroid-news

Jamal Shrair 24 days ago

THERE IS MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT OUR STAR'S COMPANION IS APPROACHING THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM. There has always been decisive evidence supporting the existence of our star's companion. Now, the massive increase in the number of fireballs and near Earth Asteroids is becoming the strongest and clearest evidence ever that the companion of our star is approaching the inner solar system. As I have stated in my previous articles, the solar system is still spiraling up above the galactic plane. It is now moving into a dense region of space where it is bumping into a higher density of rocks, asteroids and debris trails of comets. And, when the Sun gets nearer to its highest possible region in the galaxy, its companion (the brown dwarf) starts to induce major perturbation in the kuiper belt and Oort Cloud. However, as the companion of the Sun begins moving towards the inner part of the solar system. The number of comets and asteroids moving towards the inner planets starts to increase enormously. Consequently, the impact events on Earth will rise dramatically. Read the rest at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamal-shrair-18667428/detail/recent-activity/documents/

WiDeASS (@Jamal Shrair) 23 days ago

It is also the case that the sun is going through a 200y low cycle and since protection from the sun is decreasing it allows all kind of rocks closer to the inner system. I'm more concerned about climate shift it will bring then the low possibility(higher than before, yes but still low) of a rock hitting the planet as ca 13 000 yrs ago.

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