A global network of open-source stars shared remarkable footage showing a rare Earthgrazer meteorite deviating from our planet’s atmosphere and avoiding some doom earlier this week.
Earthgrazer ignited in the skies over northern Germany and the Netherlands on September 22 at an altitude of just 91 km, well below our orbital meteorological and television satellites.
Unlike most other meteorites that burn up in the atmosphere, creating “shooting stars”, this particular lucky lump of space rock, probably a fragment of a comet or meteor, “bounced” into space.
The mercury meteorite’s happy escape from fiery doom was spotted by cameras in the Global Meteor Network, which is an integral part of Earth̵
GMN aims to cover the world with meteor monitoring cameras and to inform the public through real-time alerts about upcoming space rock activity.
“The web is essentially a decentralized scientific instrument made up of amateur astronomers and civilian scientists around the planet, each with their own camera systems.” explains GMN founder Denis Vida.
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Essentially an open source planetary defense agency, GMN provides data such as meteoroid trajectories and orbits to both the public and the scientific community to strengthen our surveillance methods.
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The so-called “earth grinders” are quite rare, occurring only a few times a year, during which time thousands of meteors burn, with only a few small ones surviving and reaching the earth.
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