– She was so strong. Unfortunately, it burned up in the air at about 65 kilometers per second, meteorite expert Morten Billet of the Norwegian Meteorite Network tells NTB.
It was around 7pm on Saturday evening when a large green light could be seen over large parts of southern Norway.
Billet says the meteorite burned up over the sea off Vlorë in western Norway.
– It was a powerful meteor that came so fast that there was nothing left of it. But anyway he ended up in the sea and sank to the bottom, says Billet.
Its source can be found
The Norwegian Meteor Network collects and makes available observations of fireballs over Norway. They are also concerned that the Norwegian meteorites should become available for research.
Saturday’s meteor came from the Northern Taurid meteor shower, which got its name because the meteors seem to radiate out from the constellation Taurus.
The Norwegian Meteor Network has cameras in several places in the country that have captured the fireballs, and a camera captured a meteor on Saturday at Gaustatoppen in Telemark, among other things.
– As long as the weather is clear and we can see the stars in the background, we can know what kind of meteor trajectory it is. It’s easy to calculate velocity, Billett says.
Search process in Drammen
Meteorites have a high chance of surviving to Earth if they land at “only” 20 kilometers per second. The speed of this meteorite was 65 kilometers per second, and therefore it is considered a strong meteorite, called a polyide.
– It was green in front, red in the middle and green in the back
Last summer, a meteorite fell over southern Norway at a speed of about 16 kilometers per second. It fell in the woods outside Drammen, sparking a great deal of interest with many organized searches to find it. However, it was not found.
– The meteorites that you can often see in the sky, like fast shooting stars, often reach a speed of 70 kilometers per second. But when it comes on at a low speed, you can see it burns for so long it feels like it’s going slow, Pellett says.
But there’s no reason to be afraid to have something like this in your head, he says.
No major accidents have occurred in modern history. It has happened before in world history, and it will happen again, but you don’t have to worry.
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