Monday, 22 February 2016

Fireball seen over southern France and northern Italy.

A bright fireball was seen over much of southeast France and northern Italy at about 6.20 pm local time on Wednesday 17 February 2015. A fireball is defined as a meteor (shooting star) brighter than the planet Venus. These are typically caused by pieces of rock burning up in the atmosphere, but can be the result of man-made space-junk burning up on re-entry.

 Fireball seen over northern Italy on Wednesday 17 February 2016. You Reporter.

Objects of this size probably enter the Earth's atmosphere several times a year, though unless they do so over populated areas they are unlikely to be noticed. They are officially described as fireballs if they produce a light brighter than the planet Venus. It is possible, though unlikely, that this object will have produced meteorites that reached the surface (an object visible in the sky is a meteor, a rock that falls from the sky and can be physically held and examined is a meteorite), though most meteorites come from larger objects that penetrate further into the atmosphere before exploding, and therefore have a better chance of producing fragments that reach the surface.

 Vapor trail left by the 17 February 2015 fireball meteor. You Reporter.

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