Meteorite fell in Belgium, testimonies are sought
Meteorite fell in Belgium, testimonies are sought.
The fragments of a 1-kilo fireball that fell along a trajectory between Bruges and Ghent are being sought. Only 6 falls of this type have been recorded in the world.
In the Belgian sky, a network of surveillance cameras immortalized the passage of a really bright fireball. It seems almost impossible that a one-kilo meteorite fell to the ground on a trajectory between Bruges and Ghent. Only six such falls have been recorded since 1830 and astronomers are looking for witnesses. The meteorite has been called an alien pebble from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. On the ground, it is probable that one or several stones of a few centimeters can be found, but which also reach the size of a fist. They can be found on roofs, streets, or gardens. They may have a fused, not very thick, smooth surface, but with rounded corners.
Meteorites must be collected very quickly, so that they are not lost or damaged. Among the many objectives, the FRIPON experiment has precisely this purpose: the collection of these alien pebbles. FRIPON comprises over one hundred cameras in Europe and includes the University of Liège (ULiège) and the Space Aeronomy Institute of Uccle (IASB). The more meteorites will be found, the easier it will be for scholars to trace important information about their nature at an astronomical level.