Zharma District, Kazakhstan – February 2, 2021, 3:03 PM local time, U.S. Government Sensors detected a 0.13 kiloton event in the Zharma District of East Kazakhstan. This was a large fireball, which came in relatively slow, and at a fairly steep angle, so 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... and a large number of meteorites are possible.
|Entry Date/Time:||2021-02-02 10:03:21 UTC|
|End Location:||60km WSW of Zharma|
|Endpoint Coordinates:||48.7°N, 80.1°E|
|Reference Altitude:||20 km above sea level|
|Energy / Mass Estimate:||0.11kt TNT / 5651 kg|
|Reference Speed:||12.76 km/s|
|Slope:||25.8° from vertical|
|Estimated Strewn Mass:||<2100 kg|
Considering the size and speed of the meteor, it is possible that up to 2100 kilograms of meteorites are scattered across the plains of East Kazakhstan. This region of Kazakhstan is usually covered in snow for 5 months of the year, so the best time to hunt will probably start in April.
No known search efforts are in progress, but due to the size of the event, there will likely be multiple expeditions planned to search for meteorites. There is no known video footage of the event, and The Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), is part of the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. CNEOS collects data from U.S. Government sensors, and releases it for... data is not very precise, so the search area is large.
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The weather data below is sourced from weather balloons, and publicly available via NOAA’s Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive (IGRA). This data is downloaded and post-processed by the A computer simulation program, written by Jim Goodall. For more information, please visit the StrewnLAB Page. 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.
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