On the night of Sunday, July 25, a large meteorite fell in southern Norway. Due to the flash from its combustion, the surroundings were brightly lit for several seconds, reported Euronews.
According to the TV channel, the speed of falling of a celestial body reached 15–20 km / s. Residents noticed its fall at about 1:00 local time (2:00 Moscow time). According to preliminary data, the meteorite fell in the wooded area of Finnmark, which is 60 km west of Oslo, the Norwegian network Meteor indicated. Eyewitnesses published footage with a flash as the meteorite passed through the atmosphere.
No debris had been found by Sunday afternoon. The search for possible fragments of the meteorite could take “about 10 years,” said an eyewitness to the incident, an employee of Meteor Morgen Bilet.
There is no information about the injured and damage to property.
In February, astrophysicists from Chelyabinsk State University said that large meteorites fall to Earth about once every 25 years. According to their research, several tens of thousands of tons of cosmic matter fall on the Earth’s surface every year, but most of them are dust and meteoroids with a diameter of less than 0.5 m – they burn up in the atmosphere.
At the same time, some asteroids are potentially dangerous for the Earth. One of them is the asteroid Apophis, about 330 m in size. Approaches with it will occur in 2029 and 2036. In 2029, it will approach the Earth at a distance of about 32 thousand km (10 times less than the distance to the Moon) and will be visible to the naked eye.
In December 2020, in the Chinese province of Qinghai on the territory of the Yushu-Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, a fall of a superbolic was recorded with a visibility of about 29 seconds. The Chelyabinsk meteorite could be observed for 15.6 seconds.