Meteors brighter than the full moon are entering Earth’s atmosphere, almost turning night into day in parts of Brazil.
The meteorite flies north at an angle of 44 degrees to the ground, reaching speeds of 60,900 kilometers per hour.
A super bright asteroid passed over the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina on October 1, according to the Brazilian Meteorological Observatory (BRAMON).
The first analyzes show that it begins to shine at an altitude of about 89.5 km in the countryside east of Caxias do Sul.
In some places the meteor has passed, the night almost turned to day in a flash. It burned intensely for about 6 seconds, exceeding the brightness of a full moon.
The meteorite flew north at an angle of 44 degrees to the ground, reaching a speed of 60,900 kilometers per hour. Finally, it exploded at an altitude of 22 km above the city of Warsaw.
Meteors are usually pieces of comets or asteroids that enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn brightly. Most of them disintegrate in the atmosphere, but some debris could fall to the ground.
These fragments provide a great deal of scientific information useful to researchers.
Last month, a meteorite entered Earth’s atmosphere, fell below the height at which man-made satellites operated, and then returned to space.
The number of these asteroids is very rare, only a few times a year.