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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (2009), 5:246-248 Cambridge University Press
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The meteoroid above Mediterranean Sea on July, 6th 2002 was a fragment of a cometary nucleus?

Klim I. Churyumova1, Vitaly G. Kruchynenkoa1, Larissa S. Chubkoa2 and Tatyana K. Churyumovaa1

a1 Kyiv Shevchenko National University, Box 04053, Observatorna str., 3, Kyiv, Ukraine email:
a2 National Aviation University, Box 03680, Kosmonavta Komarova ave. 1, Kiev, Ukraine
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It is shown, that the explosion of the bolide above the Mediterranean sea on July, 6th 2002 with a high probability was a fragment of an icy cometary nucleus which initial weight was equal approximately to 7 xs22C5 108 grams. This follows from the determined energy of the outburst equal to 26kT of TNT (Brown et al. 2002). We think that this energy refers to the height of the maximal braking of the body in the Earth's atmosphere. At the speed of 20.3 km/s accepted by authors, the weight of a body at this height is equal 5 xs22C5 108 gr, and at the entrance in the atmosphere it was approximately of 7 xs22C5 108 gr.

Keywordsmeteors; meteoroids; bolide; comet; Earth