A powerful meteorite explosion turned night into day in Brazil

A very powerful meteorite explosion as it entered the Earth’s dense atmosphere turned night into day over Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, Brazil, at approximately 04:03 UTC (01:30 LT) on October 1, 2020.

Based on a preliminary analysis of the trajectory of the fireball by BRAMON, it began to catch fire approximately 89.5 km above a rural area east of Caxias do Sul. The fireball was moving north at a speed of 16.9 km / s (10.5 m / s) with an entry angle of 44 °.

The meteorite glowed for about six seconds, “easily overcoming the brightness of the full moon until its last explosion,” writes BRAMON. He disappeared 22 km above the city of Vakaria.

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

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