Cameras on Earth caught a rare scene, an ‘EarthGrazer’, a meteorite that leaves the Earth’s atmosphere before it ‘bounces’ back into space.
This particular meteorite saw Baal up close, flying 56 miles, bouncing back outside, before orbiting any satellite.
Space rock circled through the night sky over northern Germany and the Netherlands in the early hours of 22 September.
A meteorite is usually a fragment of a comet or asteroid that becomes a meteor (strong light through the sky) when it enters the atmosphere.
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Most of them disintegrate, possibly fragments reaching the ground in the form of meteorites.
Earthgrazers are a bit lucky, and do not burn, but bounce back out, grazing the edges of our planet’s protective gess shield.
Earthgrazers are not very frequent, only a few times per year.
This was seen by cameras in the Global Meteor Network, a project aimed at covering the globe with meteor cameras and providing the public with real-time alerts, producing a picture of the meteorite atmosphere around the Earth.
“The network is basically a decentralized scientific device, made up of amateur astronomers and citizen scientists around the planet from their own camera system,” explains Denis Vida, who founded it.
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“We make all data such as meteorite trajectories and orbits available to the public and scientific community, with the goal of helping to see the rare meteor shower outbreaks and increasing the number of observed meteorites and understanding the distribution mechanisms of meteorites on Earth “.
Tens of thousands of meteorites have been found on Earth, however, about 40 of these can be traced to an original asteroid or asteroid source.
By better understanding these tiny objects, we are able to create a more complete image of the solar system, including a potentially dangerous asteroid, a meteor shower that could threaten satellites, as well as our solar system. Chemistry and origin also.