The AMS has received over 30 witness reports for a large fireball seen March 23, 2011 at 21:17 CDT. Witness reports have come in from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas and New Mexico.
From Brenda in PiedmontÂ OK:
It was huge! The train looked like a dozen meteors following a crashing/ explodig rocket. (also, I do not know if I have the time right, because it may have been about 9:15 or 9: 18. Ive grown up in the country in Oklahoma. My kids and I have stayed up to watch meteor showers, we have even driven out in the middle of the night to watch further in the country where there are no lights at all, and we have never seen anything like this. This was the biggest thing I have ever seen. It looked like a comet from the movies, headed toward Oklahoma City. It frightened all of us, and it was very beautiful, amazing amount of colors. Wish we could have filmed it.
From Laura in Abilene, TX:
It was glowing whitish blue with red tipped flares coming off of the ball.Â I heard a boom about a minute later – but am not sure that’s what it was.
From Jon inÂ Palestine, AR
It looked like a big ball of fire and it was really close to the ground! Kinda freaked me out because it was so close!!
Here’s a video and still picture of the meteor captured by Sandia Sentinel All Sky Meteor/Fireball Camera operated by James Beauchamp of Oklahoma City.
And here is that image roughly plotted on a sky chart.
The video shows the fireball path started north west ofÂ OklahomaÂ City and it was headed on a south eastern trajectory, terminatingÂ approximatelyÂ 267Âº west of Oklahoma City.
Below is a map of the plots from all observers with an estimated ground track represented as a red arrow.
Click the image above for an interactive map for this event.
There is current speculation about this meteor event possibly producing meteorites. With multiple reports ofÂ fragmentationÂ and delayed booms there is certainly a chance, but this can not be confirmed one way or another at this moment.
We will update this post as more information comes available. If you witnessed this event yourself, please leave a comment below and also submit a fireball report.