WATCH: Rare ‘Earthgrazer’ meteorite bounces off Earth’s atmosphere back into space
An open-source global network of stargazers has shared remarkable footage showing a rare ‘Earthgrazer’ meteorite skimming off our planet’s atmosphere, and avoiding certain doom, earlier this week.
The ‘Earthgrazer’ blazed across the skies over northern Germany & the Netherlands on September 22 at an altitude of just 91km, well below our orbiting weather and TV satellites.
Space rock skims Earth’s atmosphere, observed by the #globalmeteornetwork☄️In the early hours of 22 Sept over N. Germany & the Netherlands, a meteoroid got down to 91 km in altitude - far below orbiting satellites - before it ‘bounced’ back into space➡️https://t.co/YmpJhJ5VPFpic.twitter.com/lSG59OrQj9— ESA Operations (@esaoperations) September 24, 2020
Ik zag hem ook pic.twitter.com/DsMDCojo80— rvgbouwbedrijf (@rvgbouwbedrijf) September 25, 2020
Unlike most other meteorites which burn up in the atmosphere, creating ‘shooting stars’ in the process, this particular lucky lump of space rock, likely a fragment of a comet or meteor, ‘bounced back’ into space.
Wauw, wat hebben we geluk gehad pic.twitter.com/zgjHGq5kdX— Carla Hoving (@CarlaHoving) September 25, 2020
The mercurial meteorite’s lucky escape from a fiery doom was spotted by cameras in the Global Meteor Network, which forms an integral part of Earth’s growing planetary defense network.
The GMN aims to cover the globe with meteor monitoring cameras and inform the public via real-time alerts of impending space rock activity.
“The network is basically a decentralised scientific instrument, made up of amateur astronomers and citizen scientists around the planet each with their own camera systems,” explains GMN founder Denis Vida.Also on rt.com Closer than weather sats: Asteroid only discovered 5 DAYS ago whizzes by Earth in latest close call
Essentially an open-source planetary defense agency, the GMN provides data such as meteoroid trajectories and orbits to both the public and the scientific community to help bolster our observation methods.Also on rt.com ISS forced to carry out emergency maneuver to dodge remnant of Japanese rocket – NASA
So-called ‘Earthgrazers’ are rare enough, occurring only a handful of times each year, during which time thousands of meteors burn up, with only a tiny few surviving and making it to the ground.
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