Meteor Blazes Over Croatia

A meteor as bright as the moon flared over the night sky in Croatia earlier this week. In a blaze of fire, the meteor was entirely consumed upon entering Earth’s atmosphere.

According to the Croatian Astronomical Union, the meteor was traveling at 22 kilometres per second and had a magnitude, or astronomical brightness, of -7, nearly five times brighter than the brightest visible star in our night sky.

The meteor was spotted northwest of Zadar, Croatia on Jan. 24, 2022. Photo: Croation Astronomical Union

The meteor streak northwest of Zadar, Croatia on January 24, 2022. Photo: Croatian Astronomical Union

 

Sporadic meteors like this one are defined as those which cannot be traced back to any known collection of meteors. The trajectory of Monday’s skyfall suggests that the object originated near the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

Croatian broadcast service HRT relayed high-resolution footage to the public, seen below.

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, an editor, and a gear tester for ExplorersWeb and various other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based out of Austin, Texas where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.


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