Friday, March 22, 2013

UPDATED East Coast Fireball 3-22-13

Hey Space Placers!

UPDATED 6-24-13:
American Meteor Society (AMS) Event Number 667 now has 1,081 reports - quite a large number. There have been 13 fireball reports made to AMS since Friday night's "East Coast Fireball" event. There are more reports out of Canada and some from Ohio as well. This might have been a Nickel composite space rock due to the widely reported green color.

I'll be on WTTG Fox 5 with Maureen at 6:30 p.m. EDT 3-24-13 to discuss the event.

Sky Guy in VA

Hundreds of reports from CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NC,, NH, NJ, NY, OH, ON, PA, QC, RI, VA, VT and WV , have come in to the American Meteor Society (AMS) stating that at about 8 p.m. EDT, a very bright fireball was seen in their skies.

Trajectory For March 22, 2013 Fireball Event
Trajectory For March 22, 2013 Fireball Event
American Meteor Society

The reports I have seen describe a greenish colored fireball that streaked across the sky. There have been NO reports of damage to the ground or sonic booms like we had with the Chelyabinsk fireball/meteorite over Russia about 5 weeks ago. The vast majority of the reports indicate no sound or explosions were noted.

Odds are that this was a big beach ball sized space rock that entered the Earth's atmosphere and became very bright as it descended through the atmosphere. Fireballs or very bright meteors, happen daily around the world. There is no danger from these spectacles in the sky and they are quite common.

Faked video was circulating via social media and the Twitter-verse was running amok with reports. There seemed to be one "real" home security camera in MD that caught what appeared to be a very bright fireball passing parallel to the horizon with a trail of "flames" and  smoke.

There might be more as the reports come in.

Sky Guy in VA

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