The AMS has received nearly 700 reports so far about a fireball event over Northeastern US on May 17th 2016 around 12:50am EDT (4:50 UT). The fireball was seen primarily from Maine but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada) also reported the event.
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Below is the heatmap of the witnesses location and an estimation of the ground trajectory. The trajectory is calculated by triangulation based on the reports we received.
Based on the 690 reports received so far, we were able to estimate the 3D trajectory of the object:
2 Objects entered the Earth’s atmosphere
As it appears clearly in the two screenshots below (from 2 videos ©Burlington International Airport) – there were two objects. It means the original object (the meteoroid) broke before entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
Below is one of the two videos from the Burlington International Airport (©Burlington International Airport)
Below is a video of the event caught by a police officer of the Plattsburgh Police Department
Below is compilation of multiple videos of the event:
Below is a video of the event caught on Dash Cam by the Portland Maine Police Department
It was an amazing experience for the witnesses:
Flash of light drew attention, large ball of fire that appeared to burn up just above treeline. Absolutely amazing!!
Jennifer M. – Concoert, NH
The giant ball of fire was (seamed) extremely close going down below the treed horizon. I waited a minute because I thought I’ll see fire erupting beyond the end of the lake but nothing…
Julian K – Ontario, Canada
There was a 3-5 min delay from the time I saw it to the boom I heard and felt , very loud and shook the home , unlike anything I have ever experienced before.
Craig C. – Canton, ME