A large fireball was reported to the AMS by multiple witnesses surrounding Atlanta Georgia, on Friday 5/20/11 at 22:45 EDT.
Over 17 witness reports for this event were submitted to the AMS.
Kimberly from Cumming GA reports:
This came in fast and low. Object burned up over … neighborhood, so will see if I can find any fragments on ground tomorrow in the daylight. Two flashes close together. First flash brighter and bigger than the second. During first flash, could see object fragment. Fragments burned brightly like fireworks. Second flash seemed to burn up remaining fragments This came in fast and low. Object burned up over neighborhood, so will see if I can find any fragments on ground tomorrow in the daylight. Very bright and long at first, then a pause after a small “pop”, then slightly dimmer and about half the original length before it completely burned up.
You can view plots of these reports below. Clicking the map image will launch an interactive Google Map for this event.Â Â
This spectacular fireball was caught on two cameras operated by Bill Cooke and NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. Bill described the event:
This is by far the biggest and brightest event we have seen with our network! This was a 6 second event, with midpoint at 02:46:57 UT (10:46:57 EDT). It was so bright that the ASGARD software was unable to find a “center of light” and so did not automatically identify it as a meteor. You will note 3 distinct flares in the video, indicating 3 fragmentation events.
Here are two still frames captured from two different locations:
And here are the videos that correspond with the still pictures above.
From the Chickamauga station:
From the Tellus station
If you witnessed this event, please submit a fireball report and tell us what you saw!