METEOR VIDEO - SOUTH AFRICA
Saturday, 21 November 2009 @ 10:52pm
Footage by Christo van Graan, who stays in Burgersfort, recorded this on his east facing security camera.
Footage recorded on CCTV by someone in Gauteng.
Another piece of footage from Hendri Herman of Mogalakwena Platinum Mine and Anglo Platinum about 25km north of Mokopane (Potgietersrus).
Night sky over Johannesburg on Saturday, 21 November 2009 at 10h52
There is a possibility that this meteor streak could have come from the alpha Monocerotids meteor shower as it peaked on the 21st November 2009 at 17h04 South African time. Everybody seems to be reporting having seen it in the North and from the video it is clearly moving from the east to the west. The alpha Monocerotids radiant emanates from the Monoceros constellation which was well above the horizon in the northeast at the time of the event. Some reports that suggest that it might have been from the Leonids meteor shower is incorrect as the Leonids radiate from the constellation of Leo which was far below the horizon at that time. Tim Cooper, Director of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa Comet & Meteor Section estimates the size of the meteorite as that of a rugby ball. On the other hand one should not rule out the possibility that it could have been a piece of space junk as meteor showers originating from comet debris are normally much fainter.
Hoba Meteorite, Grootfontein, Namibia
Here is a picture of the largest known meteorite found on earth, the Hoba Meteorite near Grootfontein in Namibia. At an estimated mass of over 60 tons it is the most massive naturally-occurring piece of iron on the Earth's surface and is thought to have landed around 80,000 years ago. Its approximate measurements are 2.95 meters in length, 2.85 meters in width, 0.75 to 1.2 meter in height and is mostly composed of about 84% iron and 16% nickel, with traces of cobalt.