Ohio Fireball!

By: Susie77 , 10:06 PM GMT on September 28, 2013

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OHIO FIREBALL: Last night, a meteor exploded in the skies above the US midwest. Witnesses report shadows cast upon the ground, unusual sounds, and a swirling contrail marking the aftermath of the blast. A NASA all-sky camera in Hiram, Ohio, recorded the fireball at 11:33 pm EDT:

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"This was a very bright event," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "Flares saturated our meteor cameras, and made determination of the end point (the terminus of the fireball's flight through the atmosphere) virtually impossible. Judging from the brightness, we are dealing with a meter class object."

Data from multiple cameras shows that the meteoroid hit Earth's atmosphere traveling 51 km/s (114,000 mph) and passed almost directly over Columbus, Ohio. Cooke has prepared a preliminary map of the ground track. According to the American Meteor Society, the fireball was visible from at least 14 US states.

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3. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:59 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
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2. Susie77
1:55 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Very cool, Doc! I'm about to post a new entry here about the Draconids, which peak tonight.
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1. DocNDswamp
5:06 PM GMT on September 29, 2013
Hiya Susie,
Wow, that had to be awesome! Identified as AMS Event 2132, 1033 reports is an incredible number.

This past week has been a delight for skywatchers with large number of impressive fireballs reported within AMS Fireball Logs page... I was fortunate to witness AMS Event #2068 early Monday evening, a spectacular view for those of us in LA and E TX, my report is among the submissions. More regionally local than #2132, it was interesting to note the different perspective in direction and motion, depending on location - from my SE LA vantage point, it appeared in NW to W sky moving Up Right Down Left, while views ran the gamut across E TX, from overhead to near opposite of mine, looking NE (to even SE / S) moving Up Left Down Right.

Pretty cool seeing this late September activity apart from known meteor showers, origin sources... but as you know, typical as it goes with fireballs.

Cheers!
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