Solar System Research

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 118-123

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A model of the motion of the Nneuschwanstein bolide in the atmosphere

  • M. I. GritsevichAffiliated withInstitute of Mechanics, Moscow State University
  • , V. P. StulovAffiliated withInstitute of Mechanics, Moscow State University

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A new model of the atmospheric entry of the Neuschwanstein fireball has been developed. The fireball was photographed in Germany on April 6, 2002, and three fragments of it were found during a subsequent search in the territory predicted according to observations. In this study, the form of the meteoric body is assumed to be a cube with rounded vertices and edges. The estimated mass of the meteoric body at its entry into the atmosphere is close to the literature data obtained using seismic, acoustic, and infrasonic analysis. It is noted that the analysis of this fireball was for the first time made without using the photometric approach.

PACS numbers

96.30.Za 94.20.Xa