Daylight fireball over central Europe

Daylight fireball over central Europe

A daylight fireball streaked across the sky over central Europe at around 13:33 UTC on Monday, April 6, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 350 reports about the event, with eyewitnesses from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. This is the 5th fireball report coming from Europe since April 1.

Based on the AMS' estimated trajectory, the fireball traveled southwest to northeast, from the area near the municipality of Sankt Ulrich am Pillersee, Austria, to Steinbach am Attersee.

Most of the reports came from observers in Slovenia, particularly in the areas of Ajdovscina, Celje, Cerknica, Domzale, Dravograd, Grosuplke, Idrija, Kroper, Kranj, Lenart, Litija, Ljubljana,  Ljutomer, Logatec, Jesenice, Kamnik, Mozirje, Nova Gor, Skofja Loka, Smarje pri Jelsah, and Zalec.

Other reports also came from Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, and Bayern in Germany; Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy; Karnten in Austria; Zagreb in Croatia, and Switzerland.

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Image credit: AMS

Parts of Europe have been reporting numerous meteor events since the beginning of April.

On April 1, three fireballs exploded within three hours consecutively-- two over Belgium and one over southern Germany.

On April 4, a very bright fireball illuminated the night sky over the northeastern Netherlands, near the German border. The event was observed from France, Denmark, District de Luxembourg, and even in England.

Featured image credit: Robert C./AMS

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