On 28 February 2020 around 09:35 UTC (10:35 CET) people from Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia were witnesses to a spectacular daytime fireball. The fireball was only visible for a few seconds, with an extremely bright glow at the end of its trajectory.
AMS/IMO has already received 70 witness reports so far.
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The trajectory which was computed based on the IMO reports indicates that the event happened above Slovenia:
The entering object was detected with US government sensors. They published a time of the fireball of 09:30:34 UT, coordinates of Lat: 45.7° N, Lon: 15.1° E, a velocity of 21.5 km/s, and an energy of 0.34 kt TNT of the entering object.
The event could also be measured by infrasound stations. In the waveforms of two stations of the International Monitoring System of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation a signature of the fireball could be identified.
We were able to calculate a source energy of the entering asteroid of about 5 kt TNT. With the velocity published from CNEOS and an assumed density of 3000 kg/m3 the size would be around 4 m diameter, with a mass of about 90 t!
— Matt Makens (@MattMakens) February 28, 2020
HUGE daytime fireball over Slovenia! Find out where you could find the meteorites! Free strewn field maps posted to https://t.co/HpMgBt51wP. Happy hunting! #slovenia @alfacruz3 @comets77 @BatsaikhanBSU @Owmuchonomy https://t.co/9ahhmP5bpq pic.twitter.com/BGQbTQomg0
— Strewnify (@strewnify) March 2, 2020
A first meteorite was recovered in Prečna near Novo Mesto! Following this article from total slovenia news the meteorite’s authenticity was confirmed on Saturday evening. The fragment has a weight of 203 g and was classified as a chondrite.
Further meteorites are expected to be out there – so go find them!
In the course of the PRISMA project the strewn field was computed and published. Albino Carbognani was able to calculate the atmospheric trajectory and strewn field based on CNEOS data.
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