Published 9:54 a.m. ET Nov. 18, 2017
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A blazing fireball lit up the darkish skies of Arctic Finland for 5 seconds, giving off what scientists mentioned was “the glow of 100 full moons” and igniting hurried makes an attempt to seek out the reported meteorite.
Finnish specialists have been scrambling to calculate its trajectory and discover the place it landed, in response to Tomas Kohout of the University of Helsinki’s physics division, who mentioned Thursday night time’s fireball “seems to have been one of the brightest ones.”
It produced a blast wave that felt like an explosion about 6:40 p.m. and is also seen in northern Norway and in Russia’s Kola peninsula, he informed The Associated Press on Saturday.
It might need weighed about 220 kilos, in response to Nikolai Kruglikov of Yekaterinburg’s Urals Federal University.
“We believe it didn’t disintegrate but reached a remote corner of Finland,” Kohout mentioned, including that any search plans for the meteorite should face the truth that “right now we don’t have much daylight” — 4 hours, to be exact.
The Norwegian meteorite community mentioned the fireball “had the glow of 100 full moons” and certain was going northeast, maybe “to the Norwegian peninsula of Varanger,” north of the place the borders of Russia, Finland and Norway meet.
Kohout mentioned scientists regarded ahead to any area particles they’ll get their fingers on.
“We are happy to recover (it) since this is a unique opportunity to get otherwise inaccessible space material,” mentioned Kohout. “This is why it’s worth it to search for them.”
Viktor Troshenkov of the Russian Academy of Sciences informed the Tbad information company that the fireball may very well be a part of a prolific meteor bathe often known as the Leonids, which peaks right now of 12 months. He mentioned he felt Thursday’s fireball seemingly wasn’t the only real meteorite however others perhaps weren’t seen as a consequence of thick clouds elsewhere.
Troshenkov informed Tbad that meteor showers may be even stronger. The Leonids attain their most as soon as each 33 years — and the final time that occurred was in 1998, he mentioned. Amateur astronomers within the Arctic then noticed about 1,000 meteors, 40 meteorites and one fireball in only one night time.
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