Bolide 15.03.2015 20:44MEZ
BRIGHT FIREBALL, POSSIBLE METEORITE FALL: On March 15th 2015, a meteor exploded over southern Germany. The shadow-casting fireball was brighter than the full Moon and it produced loud sonic booms – a sign that it penetrated deep in the atmosphere and may have dropped meteorites on the ground. Attracted by the sounds, astrophotographer Hans Hopf of Bavaria, Germany, turned his camera to the sky just in time to capture a plume of debris twisting in the winds overhead:
“I could see the ‘smoke’ twisting and turning through the constellation Orion for more than 20 minutes after the meteor exploded,” says Hopf. “The field of view of these images is about 10 degrees. The bright star is Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis).”
The International Meteor Organization is gathering eyewitness reports through their new online reporting tool. European readers, if you witnessed this event, please report it. Your sighting could help pinpoint the landing zone of possible meteorites.
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