Bolide meteor flashes Latvian skies

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A bolide meteor appeared in the evening skies over Latvia at 20:35 Thursday and flashed out quietly, likely indicating that it burned up high in the atmosphere without any parts reaching the earth’s surface, LSM learned from astronomer Ilgonis Vilks, who witnessed the cosmic phenomenon personally.

Widespread reports by witnesses on the Internet came from the east of Vidzeme province, central regions of the land and all the way to coastal Liepaja.

Vilks estimated the meteor may have burned out at about 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface and weighed several kilograms.

A previous similar appearance was observed in Latvia during the night on May 22, 2011, when people all over the country saw a bright ‘falling star’, moreover distinctly hearing the sound of the burning bolide, suggesting a possibility that fragments did reach the earth that time.

Observation cameras caught the briefly brilliant 2011 event on video.



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