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Science and Nature : Researchers Think The Fireball That Exploded Over Australia Was A Minimoon – Mashable India


Science and Nature :

Cover Artwork: Dhawal Bhanushali/Mashable IndiaResearchers think the fireball that exploded over the Australian desert on 22 August 2016 might have been a minimoon. The fireball was identified through images taken by a Desert Fireball Network— a network of cameras in Australia.

In case you aren’t aware, many meteorites, known as bolides enter Earth’s atmosphere and explode in mid-air. It is a very common phenomenon. But from the velocity analysis of the fireball codenamed, DN160822_03, researchers think the meteorite might have been in an orbit around Earth before falling down towards it. The rare phenomenon is known as a temporarily captured orbiter or a minimoon. Re

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