An asteroid crosses the skies of France and disintegrates above the Loiret

An asteroid (illustration). – A Owen

A asteroid was seen in Germany, Switzerland and several regions of France, late Sunday afternoon. The celestial object thus crossed the skies of Champagne-Ardenne, Burgundy Franche-Comté and Center-Val-de-Loire at 5:41 p.m. before disintegrating about fifty kilometers above Montargis (
Loiret), report this Monday
France Blue Orleans.

“It is a phenomenon which is not unprecedented, but which one observes in France only once a year approximately”, explained to our colleagues Eric Chariot, director of development at the astronomical society of Burgundy.

An estimated speed of 90,000 km / h

Several images of the scene were relayed on social networks. According to the site Vigie-Ciel, the phenomenon was observed by at least 115 eyewitnesses. The asteroid became luminous when it was 87 km above sea level and flew over the town of Bar-le-Duc (Meuse). Its speed was then estimated at 25 km / s, or 90,000 km / h.

The object, weighing 2 kg, remained bright for about ten seconds before disappearing east of Montargis. According to Vigie-Ciel, the calculations show “that there is probably no meteorite of significant size to look for on the ground”.

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