Roberto Gorelli points our attention at a recently published meteor related paper.

Analysis of the June 2, 2016 bolide event over Arizona

This paper has been submitted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by Csaba Palotai, Ramanakumar Sankar, Dwayne L. FreeJ. Andreas Howell, Elena Botella and Daniel Batcheldor.

Abstract: On June 2, 2016 at 10h56m UTC, a −20.4 ± 0.2 magnitude superbolide was observed over Arizona. Fragments were located a few days later and the meteorites were given the name Dishchii’bikoh. We present analysis of this event based on 3 cameras and a multi-spectral sensor observations by the SkySentinel continuous fireball-monitoring camera network, supplemented by a dash cam footage and a fragmentation model. The bolide began its luminous flight at an altitude of 100.2 ± 0.4 km at coordinates φ = 34.555±0.002°N planetographic latitude and λ = 110.459±0.002°W longitude, and it had a pre-atmospheric velocity of 17.4±0.3 km/s. The calculated orbital parameters indicate that the meteoroid did not belong to any presently known asteroid family. From our calculations, the impacting object had an initial mass of 14.8 ± 1.7 metric tonnes with an estimated initial diameter of 2.03 ± 0.12 m.

You can download this paper for free: (13 pages).


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