Constraining the Pre-atmospheric Parameters of Large Meteoroids: Košice, a Case Study

  • Maria Gritsevich
  • Vasily Dmitriev
  • Vladimir Vinnikov
  • Daria Kuznetsova
  • Valery Lupovka
  • Jouni Peltoniemi
  • Sanna Mönkölä
  • Jeffrey Brower
  • Yuri Pupyrev
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 46)


Out of a total around 50,000 meteorites currently known to science, the atmospheric passage was recorded instrumentally in only 25 cases with the potential to derive their atmospheric trajectories and pre-impact heliocentric orbits. Similarly, while observations of meteors generate thousands of new entries per month to existing databases, it is extremely rare they lead to meteorite recovery ( These 25 exceptional cases thus deserve a thorough re-examination by different techniques—not only to ensure that we are able to match the model with the observations, but also to enable the best possible interpretation scenario and facilitate the robust extraction of key characteristics of a meteoroid based on the available data. In this study, we evaluate the dynamic mass of the Košice meteoroid using analysis of drag and mass-loss rate available from the observations. We estimate the dynamic pre-atmospheric meteoroid mass at 1850 kg. The pre-fragmentation size proportions of the Košice meteoroid are estimated based on the statistical distribution of the recovered meteorite fragments. The heliocentric orbit of the Košice meteoroid, derived using numerical integration of the equations of motion, is found to be in close agreement to earlier published results.


Fragment Masse Complementary Cumulative Distribution Function Shape Estimation Ballistic Coefficient Heliocentric Orbit 
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This study was supported, in part, by the Academy of Finland project No 260027, by the ERC Advanced Grant No 320773, by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project Nos 14-08-00204, 16-05-00004 and 16-07-01072), by the Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation travel grant, and by the Act 211 of the Government of the Russian Federation (agreement No 02.A03.21.0006). The part of the trajectory reconstruction and the orbit computations were done by Maria Gritsevich, Vasily Dmitriev, Daria Kuznetsova, and Valery Lupovka at MIIGAiK under the support of the Russian Science Foundation, project No 14-22-00197 “Studies of Fundamental Geodetic Parameters and Topography of Planets and Satellites”. The authors acknowledge being a part of the network supported by the COST Action TD1403 “Big Data Era in Sky and Earth Observation”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Gritsevich
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Vasily Dmitriev
    • 5
  • Vladimir Vinnikov
    • 4
  • Daria Kuznetsova
    • 6
  • Valery Lupovka
    • 5
  • Jouni Peltoniemi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sanna Mönkölä
    • 7
  • Jeffrey Brower
    • 8
  • Yuri Pupyrev
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Geospatial Research InstituteMasalaFinland
  3. 3.Institute of Physics and TechnologyUral Federal UniversityEkaterinburgRussia
  4. 4.Department of Computational PhysicsDorodnicyn Computing Centre, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  5. 5.Extraterrestrial LaboratoryState University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)MoscowRussia
  6. 6.Observatoire de Midi-Pyrénées, Laboratoire d’AérologieUniversité Paul SabatierToulouseFrance
  7. 7.Department of Mathematical Information TechnologyUniversity of JyvaskylaJyvaskylaFinland
  8. 8.The Royal Astronomical Society of CanadaEtobicokeCanada
  9. 9.Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of ScienceMoscowRussia

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