Large AZ Fireball With Sonic Booms

Over 30 witnesses from Arizona and New Mexico reported a brilliant fireball last night a little after 7:00 PM Mountain Time.

A large percentage of reports indicated a delayed boom which generally means the bolide penetrated deep into the atmosphere.

Click the image below or this link to view all of the witness reports associated with this event.

Arizona Fireball - December 10th, 2013 - 7:12 PM MT

Arizona Fireball – December 10th, 2013 – 7:12 PM MT

Here is a video of the fireball:

and here is an still frame from an all sky camera at the Whipple Observatory on Mt. Hopkins. The fireball is the bright spot in the top of the image, the moon is the bright blob towards the bottom.

Fireball Meteor over Arizona December 10th, 2013 - Photo Credit: Mt Lemon

Fireball Meteor over Arizona December 10th, 2013 – Photo Credit: Whipple Observatory

If you witnessed this event, please fill out an official fireball report and tell us what you saw.

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Mike Hankey is a software developer, entrepreneur, amateur astronomer, astrophotographer, meteor observer and meteorite hunter. Mike's enthusiasm for meteors led him to the American Meteor Society where he volunteered his time and the services of his software development company to redesign the AMS website and fireball reporting tool. In 2011 Mike was awarded the society's C.P. Olivier award for his work. In 2012 Mike was promoted to the role of Operations Manager. Mike and his company continue to maintain and enhance the AMS website and fireball reporting tools. You can see Mike's photography work and read more of his posts on his astronomy blog: MikesAstroPhotos.com. Mike can be contacted at mike.hankey [AT] gmail.com
8 Responses
  1. Cosmic Lettuce says: December 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    The image attributed to Mt Lemmon is actually Mt Hopkins (MMT). Peace

  2. I heard an felt the boom . Thought my windows your going to blow out . The Percussion from my windows were from the west of me I live approximately 2 miles west Marana high school if that’s any help .

  3. Gil Esquerdo says: December 11, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    FYI, the all sky camera image is NOT from Mt. Lemmon but actually the Whipple Observatory at Mt. Hopkins some 40 miles to the south.

  4. At 7:12 PM MT on 12/10/13, I saw a very bright meteor moving from east to west at an angle of about 10 degrees above the horizon, south-southwest of Lake Havasu City, AZ. It appeared to get brighter and a small piece may have broken off just before it went out of sight below the horizon. The night sky was clear of clouds. Considerable light was emited from a more-than-half-full moon, so this meteor was bright or close and did make quite a brief show. If it didn’t burn up, it may have landed somewhere in southern CA.

  5. Has the planet for the past few years been subject to “incomings” so prevalently that the public is not being made aware of the situation lest mild panic ensue?

  6. Sunday AUGUST 3rd 2014-approximately 1:00-1:10 a.m. stood in aawh for a while
    Just happen to be looking up at the night sky and saw a bursting flash of light that’s struck like a match. In comparison, I would say ratio wise average star size of a tic tac compared to a checker piece that lasted 3 seconds at most. Never seen anything like it in my life.
    MAkes you wonder in the sky what’s going to happen next?

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