Users on social networks shared several photos and videos last night from the wonderful flash of meteor that penetrated the atmosphere and fell several miles north of Puerto Rico.
One of the people was a meteorologist Deborah MartorellWho posted some pictures taken from multiple sectors of the island.
The pattern that the recordings and photos show is one: The impact of what could be an atmospheric explosion caused a blue and orange effect in the sky until it disappeared after a few seconds.
vice president Caribbean Astronomical Society (bag), Eddie Irisari, He confirmed in a radio interview that the event was reported at about 11:28 p.m., and that it was initially understood to be a space rock that disintegrated north of the island.
“We are currently evaluating various images and it was an interesting event. The expert (WKAQ 580) explained that although meteors appeared on these nights due to meteor showers, the meteor seen last night has nothing to do with this shower.
“This is a space rock. Initially, we came to the conclusion that it could be a small asteroid with a diameter of 3 and 16 feet or five meters. We can say that it could be the size of a desk or a small car”outlined about the space rock seen.
Currently, the SAC understands that the debris from the rock, when it disintegrated, fell to the surface, but into the sea.
Regarding the color seen in the sky, Irisari said they actually identified an orange track, indicating that space rocks that penetrated the atmosphere had sodium in their composition.
The path I brought was from north to northeast. The images indicate that this rock was penetrating the atmosphere and heading almost straight downwards, due to its disintegration very briefly. The satellite shows that the largest disintegration occurred about 20 to 25 miles north of Quebradilas“, pointed out.
He also said that meteors will continue to appear in the coming nights, although it will not be an event as impressive as the one seen last night.
“There is nothing to fear, this is part of natural events. Fortunately, our atmosphere protects us.”
until the National Weather Service San Juan (SNM) confirmed that the GOES-16 satellite’s GLM flash producer, which is responsible for recording lightning in a specific area, picked up a flash around 11:29 p.m., seconds after users began filming. Report a bright light in the sky.
The GOES-16 GLM Flash shows a flash 30 miles north of PR last night at 11:29 p.m. Around that time, the public shared several videos of meteor sightings all over Puerto Rico on social media.”The weather agency tweeted.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, in English) GLM Flash describes a product that measures the amount of lightning that occurs over a given period of time.