Tokyo, JAPAN – July 2, 2020, 2:32 AM local time, U.S. Government sensors detected a large meteor fireball travelling ENE at 14.1 km/s, ending near Tokyo, above the Chiba Prefecture. Total atmospheric impact energy was equivalent to 165 tonnes of TNT!
The speed of the fireball was relatively slow, so it is very possible that fragments of the meteoroid survived the journey through the atmosphere. There were significant winds from the southwest at the time of the event, which would have blown any lighter meteorite Typically, meteoroids breaks apart during flight through the atmosphere. Much of the material evaporates in a process called ablation, leaving only small stones to find. Occaisionally, large meteor events can... northeast. Good luck and happy hunting!
|Date/Time:||07/01/2020 17:32:03 UTC|
|Location:||30km southeast of Tokyo, Japan|
|Reference Coordinates:||35.627°N 139.936°E|
|Reference Altitude:||22.8 km above sea level|
|Energy / Mass Estimate:||0.365kt / 6942 kg|
|Reference Speed:||14.1 km/s|
|Slope:||53.7° from vertical|
Video and News
Since the event happened in the early morning hours, it was not widely seen. Consequently, it did not receive widespread media coverage, but a few videos were recovered.
This was a fairly large event, so you can expect meteorite hunters to be actively searching the area for a few weeks. If you woulds like to follow the search and future events in this region, please join the Facebook group:
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A trajectory for this meteor was analyzed by SonotaCo.JP and run through the A computer simulation program, written by Jim Goodall. For more information, please visit the StrewnLAB Page.... software to predict a search area. Since the trajectory analysis was not performed by Strewnify, the error is unknown. This is an urban area, so we would expect citizens to report damage from falling meteorites, if anything sizeable reached the ground. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for details about the possible The geographic area where meteorites landed, from a specific meteor event. The strewn field size and shape are affected by the size of the event, the slope of the meteor,....
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