The Tajikistan superbolide of July 23, 2008. I. Trajectory, orbit, and preliminary fall data

Konovalova, N. A., Madiedo, J. M. and Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M. (2013)

Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 48: 2469–2479. doi: 10.1111/maps.12217


The bolide was first recorded at a height of 38.2 km, reached its maximum brightness at a height of 35.0 km, and finished at a height of 19.6 km. The first breakup occurred under an aerodynamic pressure of approximately 1.6 MPa, similar to the values derived for breakups of the scarcely reported meteorite-dropping bolides. The fireball’s trajectory and dynamic results suggest that meteorite survival is likely. The meteoroid followed an Apollo-like asteroid orbit comparable to those derived for previously recovered meteorites with accurately known orbits.