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A meteoroid was seen skimming Earth’s atmosphere 56 miles in altitude for a few seconds above Germany and the Netherlands before returning to space.

A luminous cosmic object was seen streaking across the night sky on September 22.

The last meteoroid that was seen skimming earth was spotted over Australia in 2017. It dipped into the atmosphere for one and a half minutes at more than 35,000 mile per hour before returning to space.

The September 22 incident video taken at 11:53pm ET captured the meteoroid covering a path of more than 499 miles as it dipped into our atmosphere for 19 seconds.

Researchers from Western University traced it to a Jupiter-family orbit, but could not identify matches of possible parent bodies.

The video was captured by the Global Meteor Network (GMN), a team of amateur astronomers with cameras all over the world to capture such occurrences.

Denis Vida, a physics postdoc from Western University in Ontario and founder of GMN) said: ‘The network is basically a decentralized scientific instrument, made up of amateur astronomers and citizen scientists around the planet each with their own camera system.’

We make all data such as meteoroid trajectories and orbits available to the public and scientific community, with the goal of observing rare meteor shower outbursts and increasing the number of observed meteorite falls and helping to understand delivery mechanisms of meteorites to Earth.’

The meteroid was described as a fragment of a comet or asteroid that breaks off and creates a sharp light streak in the sky by the European Space Agency.

Major proportion of the rock disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere, however, the meteoroid did not get low enough to burn up.

A study performed by Harvard believes that an Earth skimming asteroid may have taken life to Venus, which is established on the 2017 meteor that was spotted over Australia.

The team assumes this meteor could have taken up some 10,000 microbial colonies from our world and transported it to another.

The study reports that over the last 3.7 billion years, a minimum of 600,000 space rocks that dipped into Earth’s atmosphere have a collided with Venus.

‘Although the abundance of terrestrial life in the upper atmosphere is unknown, these planet-grazing shepherds could have potentially been capable of transferring microbial life between the atmospheres of Earth and Venus,’ the Harvard study reads.

‘As a result, the origin of possible Venusian life may be fundamentally indistinguishable from that of terrestrial life.’

‘Further work is needed to investigate the existence and abundance of microbial life in the upper atmosphere,’ reads the study.

‘A future probe that could sample the habitable cloud deck of Venus will potentially enable the direct discovery of microbial life outside of Earth, the team wrote.’

‘Specifically, the capability to either directly analyze microbes in situ or to return an atmospheric sample to Earth will be critical in the design of a successful mission. Finding exactly the same genomic material and helicity on Venus and Earth would constitute a smoking gun for panspermia.’


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