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St. Louis Meteor illuminates the night sky



Gif : EarthCam / David Vergel Twitter ] [19659005] Make a wish: Cameras in St. Louis, Missouri, caught a seemingly falling sky on Monday night, reported KSDL and KMOV .

Both stations reported Residents saw a flash of light at 8:55 pm and a loud local time noise (9:55 pm CET). Twitter user David Vergel posted footage of an EarthCam targeting the city's iconic Gateway Arch, where the object roamed the atmosphere, while other locals seem to have recorded the event with home surveillance cameras. It is expected that the northern Taurid meteor shower known for brighter than usual meteors, so-called fireballs, will peak on Monday evening until the early hours of Tuesday, with St. Louis on the eastern edge of the highest point lies visibility area on the map, KSDK reported .

This is a particularly happy sight, because while the Taurids tend to give a spectacular show, it is relatively unlikely to see one (let alone in an area of ​​high light pollution).

"The Taurids are Rich in Fireballs If you see a Taurid, it can be very brilliant and you can turn a blind eye, but its rates are absolutely bad," NASA meteorologist Bill Cooke told Space.com . "It's just the fact that a taurid, when it turns up, is usually big and bright." it had. Somewhere between 90 and 95 percent of the meteors burn in the atmosphere before they hit the ground, although the Uruguayan astronomer Gonzalo Tancredi estimated at the beginning of this year that it was about 6,100 Objects Trade Each year, fragments of the planet hit the planet, large enough to strike the ground. However, humans occupy only a tiny fraction of the earth's surface so that the overwhelming majority of these influences can never be directly observed. KSDK, the next meteor shower to hit the planet, is the Leonid on the night of November 16, followed by a one-month gap until the Geminids fly past in mid-December.


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