[HOT] : A luminous car makes the inhabitants of Toulouse and Occitania “hallucinate”: this is what it was

Monday, December 13, around 6:06 p.m., a luminous bolide crossed the skies of Toulouse and Occitania causing those who were able to observe it to hallucinate. This Tuesday, we know a little more.

“Yesterday I saw at 6 pm, north of Toulouse, a big shooting star in the sky. She was huge. Do you have other testimonials? “. Like Fabià, reader of Actu Toulouse, many of you have wondered about the luminous phenomenon that could be observed on Monday, December 13, 2021 in Toulouse and in Occitanie, shortly after 6 p.m.

“Seen on leaving work. It has disintegrated in the Toulouse sky. It lasted over a long second, ”confirms Judd.

“I completely hallucinated”

Seen from all over Occitania

Seen from Tarbes, Ariège and Tarn, the phenomenon has been identified by the community Sky Watch, a participatory science project led by the National Museum of Natural History. She notes on her Facebook page:

“Another very nice racing car observed from a large part of the South West of France this evening (December 13), at 6:06 pm, like a foretaste of Geminides! “

“Not a rocket stage”

Except that according to the first analyzes, the phenomenon observed in Toulouse and in Occitania would not be linked to the Geminids, this shower of shooting stars whose peak was to occur on the night of December 13 to 14, but from another object .

“It is not already a rocket stage that would have been consumed in the atmosphere immediately dismisses Olivier Sanguy from the Cité de l’Espace who explains:

“According to initial calculations shared by the Vigie Ciel website, it is a meteor, from the main asteroid belt, located in Mars and Jupiter, which disintegrated on entering the atmosphere. It was visible for 7 seconds ”.

Slightly less than 10 cm

7 seconds is not nothing and this can be explained by the size of the object which traveled about twenty light years before reaching us …

” To initial mass was about 2.5 kg for a diameter slightly less than 10 cm of diameter. It entered the atmosphere at a speed of around 13.5 km / s (Figure 6) with a roughly South-North trajectory, says Vigie Ciel ”.