Bright fireball over Kamchatka, Russia


A bright meteor was reported over the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, on Tuesday morning, January 12, 2021. The object burnt up before reaching the ground and was less than 10 m (33 feet) in diameter, preliminary assessments suggested.

"We were shown a video which appeared to feature the burning up of the meteor. This phenomenon could be witnessed from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky," Danila Chebrov, Director of the Kamchatka office of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told TASS.

"However, it is impossible to pinpoint the precise location using our equipment. It is likely to have happened off the western coast of the Okhotsk Sea where there are no residential communities."

The agency noted that the object moved through the atmosphere for 55 seconds before burning up and reaching the ground. The meteor was less than 10 m (38 feet) in diameter, preliminary assessments said. 

Featured image credit: The Siberian Times


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