Lambda Leonids meteor is spotted flying over RS; watch

This Wednesday (6), the Lambda Leonids meteor was spotted flying over almost the entire 256 km length of Lagoa dos Patos, located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

Three cameras from the Heller & Jung Space Observatory were responsible for capturing the passage of the meteor, which took just 4.13 seconds to travel around the perimeter, according to the Observatory.

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Lambda Leonids meteor passes through RS

  • According to Heller & Jung, the meteor passed through Lagoa dos Patos at 10:17 pm;
  • It entered the Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of 91 km and was extinguished at 77.6 km over the lagoon;
  • The object reached a magnitude of −2.7.
Image: Heller & Jung Observatory

Check out the full video below of Lambda Leonids flying over Lagoa dos Patos, in Rio Grande do Sul:

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