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
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 >


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The AMS has received over 40 reports so far about a fireball over central Tennessee last night around 8:20 central time. The event was captured by two cameras in the NASA All Sky Fireball Network operated by Bill Cooke ofRead More >

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

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. ClickRead More >

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Lancaster Meteor

Preliminary trajectory - AMS Event #2456-2013

Over 104 (so far) witnesses reported a large fireball over Lancaster County (PA) last night (10/14) around 8:25 PM local EDT (0:25 on 10/15 UT.) The fireball was seen from primarily Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia but witnesses from Washington DC, Connecticut,Read More >


Atlanta Fireball - September 28th, 2013 @ 7:30 PM Local Time

Its been a busy week for the AMS as we are bombarded by fireball reports from all different parts of the country. The latest event took place over Alabama and Georgia last night September 28th 7:30 PM local time. OverRead More >

Heat Map For Midwest Fireball - September 26th, 2013

The AMS has received nearly 700 reports of a large fireball this morning September 26th around 7:05 am local time. Witnesses from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin reported a bright light moving across the morning sky. Below isRead More >

Heat Map for AMS Event 2013 1185

Over 200 witnesses reported a large fireball over Ohio last night around 11:05 PM local central time (3:05 UT). The fireball was seen from primarily Ohio and Indiana, but witnesses from West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina also reportedRead More >