Upper Mid-Western USA Fireball July 26, 2011

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It is easy to tell that meteor activity has recently picked up as predicted. The American Meteor Society has received another report of a very bright fireball over the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, occurring between 9:30pm and 10:30pm EDT on Tuesday evening July 26th. There is such a wide spread of times listed that there may have been two fireballs. Of the numerous reports received so far, yellow, orange, and white are the most mentioned color. The average brightness was that produced by the light of the full moon. The AMS will post any video of this object should it become available.

In the AMS fireball table, refer to event #735 for 2011.

Clear Skies!

Robert Lunsford



  • fred wilkins 11 years ago

    my wife and I did see two fireballs on tues. night 7/26/11 about ten min. apart. Looking south from our deck, the first one traveled south, the second traveled north. Both seem to originate from the same starting point. It was quite a sight.

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    • Adam Hill 11 years ago

      Fred, where were you when you saw this? I saw what looked like the “dark flight” of this event. I was in NW Indiana looking east at 9:15 or 9:20pm. It was traveling south to north. Any response would be appreciated.

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  • edearblop 11 years ago

    I saw it!
    It seemed to be over Lake Michigan from my perspective. It was at around 9:30 pm.
    It was the largest meteorite I have ever seen!

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  • edearblop 11 years ago

    Forgot to mention that I saw it in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and from my perspective it looked like it was over Lake Michigan.

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  • Cindy 11 years ago

    I saw it too in the southern sky as we were heading west on Highway 12 southwest of Ann Arbor MI at around 9:30 pm. It was bright blue from my vantage point. Very cool!

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  • Sandy 11 years ago

    I am happy that I was not the only one to see it! It was my ‘first’ and I feel so thrilled that I can now say “I’ve seen a fireball!” I love astronomy and this just adds to my fascination with life, the universe, and everything 🙂

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  • Susan 11 years ago

    I had the pleasure of seeing it too..I was looking west in the area of Harper and 12 mile in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I enjoy looking for shooting stars,it was one of the biggest I have seen yet..I will be watching the skies closer in the next few weeks.

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  • Janet Ivers 11 years ago

    Last night July 28th, I saw a bright yellow fireball that was bigger and brighter than any shooting star I’ve seen before. It was North of Cincinnati Ohio (south of King’s Island park). I was looking South at the horizon when saw the large, bright yellow glow and tail travel slowly and then burn when it appeared to hit atmosphere.

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  • janet ivers 11 years ago

    Saw the bright yellow meteor on july 28th at 9:30pm north of cincinnati ohio (southof King’s Island park). Definitely bright yellow fireball that was large and and moved much slower than other shooting stars.

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  • cynthia 11 years ago

    I have seen meteor showers before but this was my first fireball. Thought it may have been a plane going down at first but the luminousity was much brighter and surface appearance was much larger. My sighting was from Midlothian, Illinois. Facing East toward Lake Michigan above the horizon about 50 degrees. Fireball was heading earth bound coming forward. East to West. It appeared to be bright white. Oh, happy days!!!! Keep looking up.

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  • Fien Vander Heyden 11 years ago

    I saw a giant meteorite entering the atmosphere the evening of 26 july, at approx. 0930pm.
    But in the north of Namibia, Afrika, my coordinates were: S:-18,22364; EO:19,73098
    I was facing west-south-west, it was amazing!

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  • calvin hsieh 11 years ago

    It was some time after 9pm, July 26th, 2011. Location: New Baltimore, MI – I happened to be taking out the garbage-just rolling the container down my driveway when I saw in the sky a bright, white/yellow object moving slowly- almost hovering, but then more obviously moving in a east to west direction. It grew a fiery tail for a few seconds and then continued to fall/travel until it disappeared into the horizon from my point of view. I watched it in awe. I did not know what I was seeing at first. A flare?, A plane crashing?, a big meteor? I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one to witness this event. I saw my first fireball/meteor in action-Yay!

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  • Steve Carrola 11 years ago

    My friend and I saw what must have been the northern fireball. We were facing west on a dock at Devil’s Lake near Manitou Beach, Michigan. It left a bluish trail and appeared to originate about 60 degrees above the western horizon. From our perspective, it travelled north ending about 40 degrees above the northern horizon. The fireball appeared yellowish/orange. We heard a whoosh after the end. It was extremely cool.

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  • Kim 11 years ago

    My son and I were finishing our beachcoming along the shores of Lake Michigan just about 10pm on July 26, 2011. Facing south we seen this most incredible firey movement appearing from the west to the southeast. It seemed to hang in the sky for a moment or more. We would say it was yellow-whitish. We were so excited, it topped off the night!

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    • Kim 11 years ago

      We were in Grand Haven, Michigan….so to us it did not appear over the water, but over land to the south east of us in Michigan.

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  • Carolyn 11 years ago

    I saw a huge bright green fireball on August 6th around 11:00p.m. with a long tail over Fort Myers, Florida heading southeast. Absolutely beautiful. Wish I would have had my camera.

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    • Max 11 years ago

      witnessed this as well, massive green fireball in Fort Myers, FL plummeting towards the western horizon

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  • david 11 years ago

    ive seen it all the way from detroit, In fact
    I seen it really close to my point of view. I went to the area were i presumed it landed and i found 4 iron meteorites! biggest one weighing 2.5 pounds! I don’t know what to do with them though.

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