Novo mesto, SLOVENIA – February 28, 2020, 10:30 AM local time, a large meteor fireball entered the atmosphere over Croatia, travelling NNW at 22 kilometers per second, before burning out over a rural area, just outside the city of Novo mesto, Slovenia. Total atmospheric impact energy was equivalent to 340 tonnes of TNT!
|Date/Time:||02/28/2020 9:30:34 UTC|
|Location:||Novo mesto, Slovenia|
|Reference Coordinates:||45.8213°N 15.0775°E|
|Reference Altitude:||23.5 km above sea level|
|Energy / Mass Estimate:||0.34 kt / 6141 kg|
|Reference Speed:||21.53 km/s|
|Slope:||42.46° from vertical|
|Event Links:||AMS Event 1027-2020|
Video and News
The videos below were used to calculate a trajectory for the meteor and predict the meteorite fall zone, called 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, and the wind speed and direction. Generally speaking, meteors that come in a steep angle will generate smaller strewn fields than those that come in at a shallow angle. The presence of wind will affect the size and shape of the strewn field by scattering....
Strewn Field Maps
A 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, and the wind speed and direction. Generally speaking, meteors that come in a steep angle will generate smaller strewn fields than those that come in at a shallow angle. The presence of wind will affect the size and shape of the strewn field by scattering... search area has been generated for this event, by the A computer simulation program, written by Jim Goodall. For more information, please visit the StrewnLAB Page.... algorithm. This map shows the most likely area to search for meteorites, in the yellow map squares. Please download the KML or KMZ files are often used to share geographic data and they are most often used in Google Earth software. KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language, which is an XML notation used to store geographic data in the files. KMZ files are simply a zipped version of KML files, which can also contain image overlays and other referenced content. On most meteor events documented on Strewnify, you will find an attached KMZ file, containing... file below and load it into Google Earth.
The weather data below is sourced from weather balloons, and spublicly available via NOAA’s Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive (IGRA). This data is downloaded and post-processed by the StrewnLAB algorithm, to account for changing weather patterns and weather balloon drift. The plots have altitude on the y-axis, in kilometers above sea level. The wind speed below 10km has large effect on the drift of meteorites.
News & Search Efforts
This was a large event with plenty of data available, so meteorite hunters from all over the world travelled to hunt in Slovenia. On Saturday, March 7th, a meteorite was found by a local resident, Gregor Kos, driveway of his house in the village of Prečna near Novo mesto. Details of the find can be found on the blog website of geologist, Bojan Ambrožič.
Details at Bojan Ambrožič’s Blog
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Search Grid & Status
A search grid has been established for the center of the predicted area and you can use it to coordinate your search efforts.
If you would like to load this search grid on top of your map, you may download it here (download the strewn field separately):
If you find suspected meteorites in the area, feel free to post pictures to the Facebook group. If you do not wish to release the exact location of a find to the public, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can use it to improve the strewn field prediction.
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