BerlinNumerous people watched on Saturday evening how a fireball passed over central Germany. “We had about 90 entries on our registration address within a few hours,” confirmed Jürgen Oberst from the fireball network on Sunday. This is a joint project of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Technical University (TU) Berlin. “The reports all relate to an event at around 6.40 p.m., and most of the reports come from the Cologne-Frankfurt-Stuttgart area.”
“Most likely it was an asteroid fragment that entered the atmosphere,” explained the technical director of the DLR fireball network, Dieter Heinlein. The fairly large chunk flew from east to west around Kassel around 6.41 p.m. The exact size is still unknown.
Such reports of fireballs are particularly frequent in November and December, said Heinlein. On November 19, a similar chunk was already dipped into the atmosphere over Austria, individual pieces of which then fell to the earth. It is still unclear whether this has now also happened in Germany.
“Very bright fireball from Düsseldorf-Ludenberg towards Mettmann. Then disintegrated into several parts. Time 6:40 pm “, wrote a sky observer of the” Rheinische Post “, as it reported on Sunday.
Light beam with jade green color and two small balls
An observer from Siegen reported, according to the Colonel, of a bright ray moving across the sky, which had turned into a green jade-like color. Most of it appeared to have broken and two smaller, brightly shining balls came off. The sighting took a maximum of five to seven seconds.
But the sky could also be observed in northern Germany. “Sighting of a bright object with a green tail flying from west to east. Tail 3-4 times the size of the object, with smaller parts being detached, ”wrote a man from Schleswig-Holstein on one page of the Gahberg observatory (Austria).
According to the DLR, asteroids are small bodies left over from the time the planets were formed. In our solar system, most of them can be found in the so-called asteroid belt between the planetary orbits of Mars and Jupiter. However, collisions in this area produced fragments that can also cross Earth’s orbit and create fireballs when immersed in the atmosphere.