Hundred of Denmark citizens witnessed a breathtaking scene when the sky flashed for a moment followed by a heavy fall of meteorite echoed across northeastern Zealand. The meteorite is believed to have hit Denmark around 10 pm, as revealed by Johan Fynbo, a professor of astronomy at the Niels Bohr Institute.
“It must have been a relatively large meteorite. Not the size of a car, but perhaps the size of a handball,”said Fynbo.
Mikkel Pedersen from Roskilde was one of the lucky Danes to have witnessed this astronomical phenomenon. “We were driving home from Hillerød to Roskilde, when at 10 pm we were just outside Slangerup and a strong light suddenly lit up the sky and a huge fireball with a long tail flew right above our car,” he said in a report filed by CPH Post.
“It was a totally wild experience. The whole sky and our car were lit up for several seconds.” Pedersen added.
Camilla Hansen, another witness from Køge said that “ We could see and hear it also in Køge. Several people I know saw flashes of light and I heard a big bang. The lights in my window shook and it was scary. I thought it was an earthquake.”
The Geological Museum in Copenhagen has brought the attention of all Danes by setting a reward for whoever finds the meteorite.
When passing into the earth’s atmosphere meteorite turns into a fireball with bright light. The intensity of the light depends on the size of the meteorite. Some identified as a piece of rock and some in metallic form. They look black and round in shape and most of them posses magnetic properties.
A similar sighting of meteorite was observed on 30th March, 2014, when a fireball was witnessed in the western parts of Jutland in Denmark, according to a report by SOTT.