Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Meteor / fireball reports over east coast USA

Numerous reports have come if strane fireballs in the US this week/
If you were one of the people that witnessed these sightings over the last week please reply to this post with the location from which this occurred.

Posters comments:
Concerning tonight's fireball seen over much of the southern U.S... this is from Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville...

"Definitely a fireball; time was Dec 18 at 02:20:40 UTC or Dec 17 at 8:20:40 PM CST. It started out 52 miles above I-24 just south of Manchester, Tennessee and moved to the north of west at 50,000 mph. We lost track of it at an altitude of 23 miles just to the northwest of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

The closest camera (Tullahoma) shows that the fireball was about as bright as the Full Moon, which means we are dealing with an object about 20 inches across and weighing approximately 400 lbs. Orbit indicates this object is a piece of an asteroid, with an aphelion in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and perihelion (closest point to the Sun) inside the orbit of Venus."
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Anonymous said...

This was starting to look real until it was in front of the trees.

Mary Janis said...

My husband and I were traveling South on HWY 35 in Cochrane, WI on December 11th at around 4PM CST and we saw a large fireball incoming from the east to the west. We saw it about 6 seconds before it fell below the horizon.

Anonymous said...

On Dec. 15th at app 6:30pm I was traveling south on hwy 9 toward spartanburg sc when a large fireball entered my line of sight in the windshield of my car. It was moving from an east to western position. My first thought was that plane is going to crash (because of decent) then realized it was no plane. It was much larger than the usual meteors you see and moved much slower. I watched for a good 10 maybe 15 seconds before it went out of my line of sight.

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