A shocking “fireball” surprised when it fell on Brazil and Uruguay: the explanation of the phenomenon
Four decades ago the Soviet Union (USSR) launched a satellite with the objective of carrying out intelligence tasks in the context of the Cold War. After completing its mission, the artifact got stranded in space and, in the last hours, it fell surprisingly in the direction of the Earth as an impressive ball of fire.
Around 9 p.m. local time, the warm and quiet night of Uruguay and the Brazilian regions of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul it was interrupted by a burning object that suddenly lit up the sky. Immediately, the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network (Bramon) studied the phenomenon and broadcast the video of the moment when the satellite returned from space.
“It does not pose any risk to the population on Earth”, Confirmed the specialized organization after disseminating the images taken from Monte Castelo, where you can see the artifact disintegrate during its trajectory. “Only the most solid and resistant parts are able to withstand the heat of reentry “added.
In addition, to bring peace of mind to the citizens who witnessed the event, he reported: “The debris will probably fall into the ocean, after crossing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, as well as Uruguay ”.
Fortunately, the Brazilian entity specialized in meteors was correct in its predictions and the disintegrated debris ended up in the water, without causing any harm to the population.
Via Twitter, the Uruguayan astronomer Gonzalo Tancredi He disseminated his own material and assured that it was the satellite launched by the Soviet Union 40 years ago. “Several reports of a bright phenomenon in the sky of Uruguay. It was the reentry of the Russian satellite COSMOS 1437 (ID 13770)“, wrote.
The object was launched from the Russian space post known as Plesetsk Cosmodrome, January 20, 1983. In the midst of the struggle between the United States and Russia in the Cold War, the USSR undertook the mission to carry out scientific research tasks.
The Professor of Astronomy Alberto Ceretta, Tancredi’s compatriot, echoed his colleague and added: “Burns product of friction with air upon entering the earth’s atmosphere ”.
Through a thread of tweets, both experts emphasized the importance of recording these phenomena and that space agencies carry out a detailed study of these obsolete elements that remain as debris in space.
In this sense, Tancredi thanked the users who sent their records and concluded: “Thank you for the report to all those who sent us data, which were decisive in characterizing the observed phenomenon. It is important to have this information for our research network ”.