4
May
2014

Daylight Fireball over Ontario and NE USA May 4, 2014

An extremely bright daylight fireball was seen from Ontario and the state of New York earlier today. Preliminary reports place the time of the event near 4:16 EDT with a brightness rivaling the sun.

Below is a map of the estimated trajectory, based on the witness reports submitted so far. Reports continue to flow into the AMS fireball database.

Daytime Fireball Over Ontario – AMS Event 2014-1062 - Trajectory

Daytime Fireball Over Ontario – AMS Event 2014-1062 – Trajectory

If you saw this fireball, please fill out an official fireball report with the AMS. To learn more about fireball meteors read our Fireball FAQ.

We encourage witnesses who saw this fireball to also download the AMS Mobile App for iPhone or Android and submit an enhanced fireball report using your mobile device. The data we can collect from the mobile App is more accurate and allows us to determine the velocity of the fireball. If you already submitted a web based report, please also complete the mobile report.

In both videos below, the meteor is caught on a car dashcam. Look for it to drop vertically at about 00:22 seconds.

Look for it to drop vertically at about 00:26 seconds.

Oddly, this event, marks the third significant fireball in the last three days, following a relative slow season for fireballs so far this year. A large fireball with numerous sonic booms fell over Arkansas on Friday night. Another bright fireball was seen over North Carolina Saturday night and this daytime fireball over Ontario marks the third significant event for this weekend. The map below shows the trajectory for all three events.

Three Significant Fireballs – May 2nd, 3rd & 4th

Three Significant Fireballs – May 2nd, 3rd & 4th

You can find more info about this fireball on More info here.

About Mike Hankey

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
3 Responses
  1. Excellent dashcam footage (see link) from Toronto from a parked car. I tried uploading the proper way but it kept failing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHlY56OQUBk


  2. Note re previous post. Fireball descent starts from the top at the 21 second mark.


  3. Doug Raber says: May 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Hi I too saw an odd vertical light this morning while walking my dog. The time was 7am central time. I am in sugar land TX. I cannot give you a bearing because I didn’t think to open my compass on my IPhone 5. I can say that it was to the north east of my location.


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