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The European Space Agency shared images of a meteoroid grazing Earth's atmosphere. The object, which could be observed thanks to a special camera network, kept running without running aground on Earth.
A low speed car has been spotted grazing the Earth's atmosphere, reports the European Space Agency (THAT) who shared images of his race on the Internet.
Most objects of this type disintegrate on entering the atmosphere and fall to the ground as meteorites, specifies the European Space Agency. But the spotted object did not descend low enough to completely burn itself out, so he continued his race, brushing the edges of the gas shield that surrounds our planet.
Grazing cars are relatively rare items, which are only observable a handful of times a year, the agency further specifies.
Space rock skims Earth’s atmosphere, observed by the #globalmeteornetwork☄️In the early hours of 22 Sept over N. Germany & the Netherlands, a meteoroid got down to 91 km in altitude – far below orbiting satellites – before it ‘bounced’ back into space➡️https://t.co/YmpJhJ5VPF pic.twitter.com/lSG59OrQj9
This meteoroid could be observed thanks to the cameras of the Global Meteor Network, network specially dedicated to monitoring this type of object, which provides real-time alerts.
Observation of these small objects provides a better understanding of the course of potentially dangerous asteroids for Earth, or to anticipate meteor showers that could damage the satellites, underlines the European Space Agency in its press release
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