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Sight several bright meteors from different areas of the Island | Present

The sighting of at least three notable meteors was recorded last night, culminating in a bolide (bright meteor) at around 10:47 p.m.

The Society of Astronomy of the Caribbean (SAC) indicated that the bright meteor was visible from all over the Island, looking towards the Northeast. Some observers report that it showed a striking and colorful wake, while others even perceived a sound.

“The detail that it emitted a sound is extremely interesting, because as we know light travels faster than sound, but on several occasions a simultaneous sound with a meteor has been recorded. It is known as an electrophonic meteor,” said Eddie Irizarry, vice president of the SAC.

He pointed out that it is a slight sound and explained that sometimes some meteors emit very low radio frequencies, which cause vibrations in objects on the earth’s surface, which our ears perceive as a sound similar to a fryer or a flare, while others They compare it to the sound of “Christmas stars”.

The SAC highlighted that last Monday, another bright meteor was sighted from the Island, and pointed out that the bright meteor sighted last night also came from the constellation Cancer.

“This means that it is linked to the Delta Cancrids, which produce a few but bright meteors,” said the educational entity.

The trajectory of the fragments that cause the Delta Cancrids is somewhat similar to that of the asteroid 2001 YB5, so it is not ruled out that they are residues released by this space rock.

The organization had anticipated that this “drizzle” of meteors could cause the sighting of a few until January 24.

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