Shortly after midnight from Monday to Tuesday, residents in parts of Poland witnessed a vivid flash in the night sky. The cause was a meteoroid hurtling towards Earth, its flight captured by observation stations affiliated with the Skytinel project.

"The fireball, whose trajectory passed entirely over the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in Poland, was observed by two monitoring stations affiliated with our project: SN05 (operated by Dariusz Wiosna) and SN07 (operated by Mateusz Roman). Fortunately, no meteorites reached the ground this time," confirmed the authors of the Skytinel research project, which gathers enthusiasts of sky observation.

Calculations indicated that the meteoroid became visible at an altitude of 95.42 km and traveled towards Earth at an initial speed of approximately 25 km/s. During its flight, it decelerated to about 9 km/s and completely burned up at an altitude of 38.45 km, explained representatives of Skytinel on their websites.

The meteoroid fragmented multiple times during its flight and orbited between Mars and Jupiter before entering Earth's atmosphere.

"The brightest flash was significantly brighter than a full Moon (-12 mag), and witnesses reported a loud noise that followed its passage. This was due to the shockwave associated with the supersonic speed of the cosmic visitor," explained Mariusz Żmija from the Polish Meteorite Society.

The Skytinel project aims to ensure effective sky monitoring over Poland by harnessing the efforts of enthusiasts who build their own fireball stations, forming an observational network equipped with modern, sensitive cameras.

Its goal is to document meteorite falls and subsequently locate them. The project invites astronomy enthusiasts, non-profit organizations, scientific institutions, and related companies to join in setting up cameras, capturing extraordinary events, and assisting in the search for meteorites, collectively unraveling numerous cosmic mysteries.

Source: skytinel.com