Estimated Trajectories 2008-2013

Estimated Trajectories for Significant Fireball Events Reported to the AMS 2008-2013

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The map below displays the trajectory (computed from witness reports) of the significant fireball events reported to the American Meteor Society from 2008 through 2013. All of these events produced sonic booms, which indicate they are associated with large deep penetrating objects. The trajectory is calculated by computing and then averaging the intersection points of all witnesses. Green dots represent the start point of the fireball and red dots represent the ending point. The red line represents the estimated flight path of the fireball.

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Map of Established Trajectories for Significant Fireball Events Reported to the AMS between 2008 and 2013

The table below lists the events displayed in the map above. These are the most significant fireball events logged with the AMS. The AMS is seeking to pair declassified analysis of DOD bolide data for all of these events. Confirmation of the event, the energy from the event, the velocity and the location information will be very useful.

AMS Significant Fireball Events 2013

The following table lists the most significant events logged with the AMS in 2013. All events are associated with reports of sonic booms and represent the most significant events of the year.

AMS ID Date Time Estimated Starting Ending Points of Bolide* Number of Witness Reports
2013-460 2013-02-22 06:20 UTC 34.09  -119.54 / 34.43 -120.56 68
2013-383 2013-02-17 23:59 UTC 26.78  -78.76 / 26.25 / -78.82 66
2013-326 2013-02-16 03:41 UTC 37.60  -123.56 / 37.47 -124.62 73
2013-206 2013-01-28 02:29 UTC 38.70  -80.75 / 36.71 -82.39 48
2013-166 2013-01-22 04:57 UTC 41.58  -74.95 / 41.97 -75.10 77
2013-103 2013-01-17 13:21 UTC 38.21  -119.76 / 38.81 -120.00 107
2013-63 2013-01-11 14:23 UTC 47.88  -117.76 / 47.34 -117.64 42

Significant events logged with the AMS in 2013

AMS Significant Fireball Events 2012

The following table lists the most significant events logged with the AMS in 2012. All events are associated with reports of sonic booms and represent the most significant events of the year. Note the increased number of reports in 2012 compared to other years.

AMS ID Date Time Estimated Starting Ending Points of Bolide* Number of Witness Reports
2012-2107 2012-12-08 05:15 UTC 33.39 -116.59 / 33.38 -116.88 69
2012-2085 2012-12-07 12:43 UTC 31.54  -95.73 / 30.93 -96.2 193
2012-1976 2012-11-25 04:57 UTC 37.69  -118.62 / 37.28 -120.07 40
2012-1695 2012-10-31 13:21 UTC 34.53  -120.34 / 34.53 -119.44 41
2012-1681 2012-10-30 22:34 UTC 34.29  -87.24 / 34.51 -87.33 56
2012-1677 2012-10-30 11:09 UTC 35.85  -90.50 / 35.93 -88.44 96
2012-1528 2012-10-18 02:45 UTC 37.52  -122.98 / 38.07 -122.54 292
2012-1528 2012-09-22 00:34 UTC 45.11  -74.43 / 44.67 -74.91 85
2012-1379 2012-09-21 21:52 UTC 54.46  -0.88 / 54.12 -6.74 162
2012-1252 2012-09-04 02:09 UTC 33.41  -94.72 / 33.94 -95.72 44
2012-1224 2012-08-30 01:50 UTC 35.52  -81.27 / 35.67 -82.57 54
2012-793 2012-06-06 03:17 UTC 35.33  -98.17 / 35.65 -101.03 45
2012-588 2012-04-22 14:01 UTC 38.52  -119.61 / 38.45 -121.05 118
2012-331 2012-03-06 00:58 UTC 41.46  -74.87 / 41.46 -76.76 80
2012-322 2012-03-03 21:44 UTC 55.61  -1.92 / 53.07 -1.06 181
2012-303 2012-02-29 03:14 UTC 44.69  -71.18 / 44.42 -72.03 46
2012-174 2012-02-04 03:21 UTC 38.75  -75.81 / 39.03 / -75.92 97
2012-163 2012-02-02 01:55 UTC 32.46  97.83 / 32.73 -95.69 159

Significant events logged with the AMS in 2012

* We solve the estimated starting and ending points of the bolide by computing the intersection points of all witnesses and then averaging those locations for the start and end point of the fireball.

AMS Significant Fireball Events 2011

The following table lists the most significant events logged with the AMS in 2011. All events are associated with reports of sonic booms and represent the most significant events of the year.

AMS ID Date Time Estimated Starting Ending Points of Bolide* Number of Witness Reports
2011-1626 2012-01-01 03:27 UTC 36.63  -109.41 / 36.00 -110.29 69
2011-1490 2011-12-08 04:30 UTC 39.84  -86.19 / 37.56 -86.85 60
2011-1137 2011-10-07 00:44 UTC 30.20  -84.15 / 29.12 -86.40 60
2011-1015 2011-09-15 02:45 UTC 32.60  -115.14 / 32.77 -112.69 133
2011-898 2011-08-24 02:02 UTC 45.75  -98.15 / 46.45 -100.71 49
2011-817 2011-08-12 02:38 UTC 28.06  -84.19 / 28.76 -85.38 42
2011-456 2011-04-30 02:22 UTC 31.51  -83.46 / 31.01 / -82.12 54
2011-393 2011-04-10 03:59 UTC 40.16  -87.97 / 40.76 -88.48 40
2011-331 2011-03-24 02:04 UTC 35.92  -99.81 / 35.28 -98.16 46
2011-208 2011-02-14 17:30 UTC 39.89  -72.50 / 39.90 -72.06 299
2011-1490 2011-01-20 01:58 UTC 39.87  -82.13 / 38.86 -85.74 58
2011-52 2011-01-12 03:11 UTC -31.90  -89.93 / 32.00 -90.88 61

Significant events logged with the AMS in 2011

* We solve the estimated starting and ending points of the bolide by computing the intersection points of all witnesses and then averaging those locations for the start and end point of the fireball.

AMS Significant Fireball Events 2010

The following table lists the most significant events logged with the AMS in 2010. All events are associated with reports of sonic booms and represent the most significant events of the year.

AMS ID Date Time Estimated Starting Ending Points of Bolide* Number of Witness Reports
2010-929 2010-12-28 23:49 UTC 40.06  -74.48 / 40.53 -76.40 155
2010-705 2010-11-02 23:20 UTC 40.06 -74.48 / 40.53 -76.42 59
2010-330 2010-06-25 02:00 UTC 40.41 -76.18 / 40.66 -76.98 66
2010-194 2010-04-15 03:00 UTC 43.51 -91.84 / 42.51 -90.05 324

Significant events logged with the AMS in 2011

* We solve the estimated starting and ending points of the bolide by computing the intersection points of all witnesses and then averaging those locations for the start and end point of the fireball.

AMS Significant Fireball Events 2009

The following table lists the most significant events logged with the AMS in 2009. All events are associated with reports of sonic booms and represent the most significant events of the year.

AMS ID Date Time Estimated Starting Ending Points of Bolide* Number of Witness Reports
2009-558 2009-09-26 01:03 UTC 43.72 -79.66 / 43.07 -79.32 68
2009-536 2009-09-20 04:50 UTC 42.73 -71.63 / 42.35 -70.46 21
2009-519 2009-09-13 03:15 UTC 48.64 -122.90 / 48.58 -124.63 37
2009-371 2009-07-06 05:04UTC 39.18 -76.67  39.95  76.18 41
2009-350 2009-06-24 04:22 UTC 32.14 -110.69 / 32.04 -110.40 25
2009-212 2009-03-30 01:40 UTC 37.31 -76.01 / 37.13 -75.58 156
2009-200 2009-03-20 06:30 UTC 34.18 -83.20 / 33.77 -82.56 107
2009-122 2009-02-14 02:53 UTC 37.59 -83.78 / 37.46 -84.28 32
2009-43 2009-01-19 01:33 UTC 35.44 -116.75 / 34.10 -117.45 56

Significant events logged with the AMS in 2009

* We solve the estimated starting and ending points of the bolide by computing the intersection points of all witnesses and then averaging those locations for the start and end point of the fireball.

AMS Significant Fireball Events 2008

The following table lists the most significant events logged with the AMS in 2008. All events are associated with reports of sonic booms and represent the most significant events of the year.

AMS ID Date Time Estimated Starting Ending Points of Bolide* Number of Witness Reports
2008-715 2008-12-30 02:25 UTC 41.22 -70.45 / 41.79 -71.61 29
2008-621 2008-11-27 03:15 UTC 45.19 -91.66 / 43.97 -87.83 29
2008-474 2008-10-29 01:31 UTC 38.68 -105.02 / 39.53 -106.08 21
2008-399 2008-09-25 10:21 UTC 41.82 -83.22 / 39.74 -83.92 21
2008-239 2008-06-15 06:50 UTC 33.94 -118.59 / 34.31 -118.56 33
2008-76 2008-02-19 13:30 UTC 46.09 -117.41 / 45.84 -117.39 28
2008-317 2008-08-04 02:00 UTC 38.81 -74.39 / 39.23 -76.26 46

Significant events logged with the AMS in 2008

* We solve the estimated starting and ending points of the bolide by computing the intersection points of all witnesses and then averaging those locations for the start and end point of the fireball.