Meteorite Reportedly Lands in Western Cuba – The Weather Channel

February 12, 2019 | 0 | Meteorite , Reportedly

Visualized here is a rural location near Viñales, Cuba, where many residents stated they spotted the meteorite on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

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  • A meteorite landed in western Cuba on Friday afternoon.
  • Locals in the town of Viñales stated they found the object spotting across the sky.
  • No injuries were reported, though there are unconfirmed reports of damage.
  • The meteor was seen on satellite and radar in the past striking Cuba.

Homeowners of a town in western Cuba said the area was rocked by what is believed to be a meteorite strike, and windows might have been burnt out in some houses close by. The meteor was seen on satellite and radar prior to hitting Cuba.

” We’re getting reports that a meteor was seen in the sky across the Florida Keys,” the Key West office of the National Weather Service said in a tweet on Friday afternoon. “It appears that a meteorite effect occurred in western Cuba, near the town of Viñales, Pinar del Río, earlier this afternoon.”

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” We were originating from the center … and we saw a ball of fire cross the sky,” Spanish tourist Jesus Nicolas told the Associated Press in Havana. “Sure it was a meteorite and a really big one.”

A group of researchers would travel to Pinar del Rio province to gather fragments of the meteorite to study them, Efren Jaimez Salgado, head of the Environmental Geology, Geophysics and Dangers department of Cuba’s Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy, informed state paper Granma, as reported by the AP.

A town of about 27,000, Viñales lies in western Cuba, some 100 miles southwest of Havana.

The distinction between a meteor and a meteorite is that a meteorite reaches the Earth’s surface area undamaged while a meteor might or might not vaporize. Meteors are often called shooting stars.

Meteor Seen on Satellite and Radar

The meteorite was seen just minutes prior to hitting the ground as a meteor on numerous kinds of satellite and radar.

As the meteor crashed through our environment, it was detected GOES-EAST’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper as a quick flash over western Cuba. You can also see thunderstorms ongoing in the Gulf of Mexico at the time.

The meteor looks like a little blue gas pocket on satellite on among GOES-EAST’s other channels, too. What you’re seeing here is the space rock releasing sulphur dioxide as it strikes the environment.

The meteor was likewise seen on the National Weather Service radar out of Key West, Florida as a little blip.

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