·

Fireball explodes over Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, turning night into day, Brazil

fireball-brazil-october-1-2020

A very bright fireball turned the night sky into a day as it exploded over the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, Brazil, at around 04:03 UTC (01:30 LT) on October 1, 2020. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 35 witness reports, while the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network (BRAMON) was able to capture the phenomenon.

Based on BRAMON's preliminary analysis of the fireball's trajectory, it began to light up at about 89.5 km (55.6 miles) above the Rural Zone to the East of Caxias do Sul. The fireball traveled north at 16.9 km/s (10.5 mps) at an entry angle of 44°. 

The meteor lit up for about six seconds, "easily overcoming the full moon's brightness until its final explosion," BRAMON wrote. It faded at 22 km (13.7 miles) over the city of Vacaria.

The AMS received 35 reports from witnesses in the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

fireball-brazil-oct-1-2020

Image credit: BRAMON

As of writing, BRAMON is gathering more reports and images for further analysis.

brazil-fireball-oct-1-2020

​Fireball heatmap. Image credit: AMS

Featured image credit: BRAMON

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Related articles

Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.

Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.

All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.

You can choose the level of your support.

Stay kind, vigilant and ready!

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.