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: MikesAstroPhotos.com. Mike can be contacted at mike.hankey [AT] gmail.com
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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 >

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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 >


AMS Event #312-2014 - "Mid West Fireball" - January 28th, 2014 - 2D Trajectory

The American Meteor Society has received over 100 reports of a bright fireball seen from mid western states at approximately 8:30 PM local eastern time. Witnesses from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania reported an extremely largeRead More >

AMS Event #92-2014 - Heat Map

A large, bright, long duration fireball was seen and reported by hundreds of witnesses last night across New England (January 12th 2014, 5:20pm EST – 22:20 UT.) Witnessed reported the brightness greater than the full moon. The fireball was seenRead More >

AMS Event #3434-2013 Trajectories

The AMS has now received 1489 reports which makes this event the most widely reported fireball occurrence since the fireball list was resurrected back in 2005. Witnessed described a fireball as bright as the Sun that fragmented into many partsRead More >