Author Archives: Mike Hankey

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: Mike can be contacted at mike.hankey [AT]

Videos of a slow moving, large bright fireball started popping up online shortly after a major fireball event seen from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. If you witnessed this event, please fill out an official fireball report with the International MeteorRead More >


Over two dozen witnesses reported a bright, slow moving fireball over central Texas last night slightly after 9:00 PM local time. Most reports were clustered around Austin and San Antonio. An analysis of the witness reports estimates that the fireballRead More >

AMS Event #638-2015 - Reports

The AMS received nearly 150 reports this morning of a bright fiery object traveling from the east to the west over southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. AMS Event #638-2015 – Witness Reports Many of the witnesses reported a slow movingRead More >


The American Meteor Society received over 195 reports from western states last night (February, 23th 2015) about a slow moving grouping of fireballs traveling from the south east to the north west. Witness reports indicate, the object travelled over aRead More >


The American Meteor Society received over 230 reports so far about a bright fireball event in northern Florida just east of Jacksonville. Observers from as far north as August GA reported seeing a bright light in the sky. Over 48Read More >

Fireball Witness Reports

A bright fireball was seen and reported near Pittsburgh in the early morning on February 17th. The AMS has received over 120 eye witness reports from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and New York. Three witnesses from the Pittsburgh area reported hearingRead More >

Fireball Event 2014-3384

Over 200 reports were logged within the first hour following a bright fireball event near Buffalo New York, Wednesday night at approximately 8:30 Eastern Time. Witnesses from Maryland, Virginia Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio, MichiganRead More >

San Antonio Fireball - November 8th, 2014

The American Meteor Society has received over 300 reports about a bright fireball over San Antonio Texas Saturday night at approximately 8:45 local time or 2:45 Universal Time. Witnesses reported an extremely bright green light that rivaled the brightness ofRead More >

Four Fireballs across United States - September 24th, 2014 - AMS Events #2305, 2306, 2307 and 2308-2014

Four large unique fireball events were reported to the AMS last night. Event #2305-2014 was seen at approximately 1:11 local time (EDT) in FL and GA. Event #2306-2014 – Over 420 witnesses from IL, IN, MI, OH and WI reportedRead More >

3D Trajectory of Alabama Fireball 2014-08-02

Over 65 witnesses have reported a bright fireball over Alabama Saturday night around 10:20 PM Eastern Time. Witnesses from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Kentucky reported the phenomena shortly after it occurred. The fireball was captured on three of theRead More >

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

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 theRead More >

AMS Event #532-2014 - Heat Map

A large and bright fireball was seen and reported by approx. 100 witnesses across Northern US East Coast (February 24th 2014, 9:11pm EST – February 25th 2014, 2:11pm UT). The fireball was seen from primarily New Jersey but witnesses fromRead More >