Meteorite-Like Object Falls From The Sky In Rajasthan
This bright metallic meteorite crashed in India, and it looks pretty cool
In Rajasthan, India, a bright metallic meteorite survived the journey through the atmosphere of Earth and crashed into the planet, leaving bystanders stumped.
On the morning of Friday 19 June 2020, an object fell from the sky in the town of Sanchore, Rajasthan (7 a.m. local time).
According to the news outlet India Today, the explosion created by the impact was such that it resonated at a distance of 2 kilometres.
In the morning, there was an immense explosion, as if an aircraft had exploded. At first, though, we couldn’t see where it had dropped. We were only able to locate an object lying in a 30-centimetre crater after a while.
It was just 100 metres from my house that it dropped. We informed the authorities immediately,’ said Ajmal Devasi, one of the many people who had been left stumped by the object.
The meteorite, which stands out for its shiny metallic appearance, weighs around 2.78 kilograms.
According to local reports, it continued to emit heat even three hours after its fall, leading many residents of the area to think it could explode at any time.
After it had cooled down, the authorities collected the meteorite and put it in a jar for transport.
The police have stated that it has been made available to experts for study and that more details about its origin and composition will soon be known.
Images of the meteorite were shared on Twitter, generating great amazement and a number of responses.
This event occurred a few days after a spectacular green fireball crossed the skies of Australia, taking skywatchers by surprise.
The object appeared shortly before 1:00 a.m. (local time) last Monday, according to witness reports from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Northern Territory, and South Australia.
According to rough estimates, around 500 meteorites survive the entry through Earth’s atmosphere, reaching the surface of the planet each year. Despite this, no more than ten are recovered each year.
This is because many of these meteorites crash into the ocean or land in remote areas on Earth, crashing in places that are not easy to access.
Furthermore, some meteorites crash into the surface during the daytime, which means that they go undetected.
Astronomer can’t generally predict meteorite impacts because most meteoroids traveling in outer space are simply too small to detect.
According to NASA, it is estimated that around 48.5 tons (44,000 kilograms) of meteoritic material falls on Earth each day.
When a meteoroid survives its trip through the atmosphere and hits the ground, it’s called a meteorite.