Daylight Fireball August 27, 2011

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The American Meteor Society has received several reports of a rare daylight fireball over the state of Minnesota, plus southern Manitoba, and western Ontario.   This event occurred near 5:15pm CDT Saturday afternoon August 27th. Of the half dozen reports received so far, white is the most mentioned color. The average brightness reported by witnesses was between the light produced by a full moon and that of the sun.

In the AMS fireball table, refer to event #922 for 2011.

Clear Skies!

Robert Lunsford



  • RWhitmore 10 years ago

    We saw a fireball drop suddenly from the northeastern sky late Saturday afternoon from our vantage point in Emily, MN. It was extremely bright, as if the sun was reflecting off a mirror. It appeared “white hot” for approximately 2+ seconds then disappeared. Very cool!

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    • Tito 10 years ago

      I saw a shooting star looking going downward instead of upward I was camping at Newport Beach,CA and I saw it around 7:40pm was this a shooting star or some kind of UFO proof????

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      • amsadmin 10 years ago


        Meteors can travel in any direction, up, down, sideways, so no, this was no UFO proof.

        Robert Lunsford
        American Meteor Society

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    • Tim Bogenschutz 10 years ago

      August 27th, after a full day boating around the Apostle Islands we were heading back to Bayfield on a direct line from Madeline Island. It was a little after 5:00pm and all four of us in the boat were looking straight ahead to the mainland. That’s when an extremely bright metallic white flash of light traveled north for two to three seconds, right across the sky above Bayfield Wisconsin. In broad daylight it was beautiful and startling at the same time. If it would have been nighttime it would have lit up the whole sky.

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  • Candy Rubenick 10 years ago

    The five of us were boating across Flying Loon Lake, east of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, on August 27th when we witnessed a fireball in the sky. We estimated with its height and trajectory it would have landed near the shoreline which was est. 750 ft. away from us. It was bright white
    with blue around the edges. It burned out fast but as it did a smaller piece broke off to the side and also burned out before reaching the shore. The air around us smelled different, soon after it burned out and we were moving forward under where it burned out. It was an amazing site, probably never to be repeated.

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  • R. Stone 10 years ago

    Saw the same fireball on August 27, 2011 at approximately 5:24 pm CDT. My location was near Cable, Wisconsin at a cabin on Hidden Lake. Fireball lasted approximately 2 seconds. It was just above the tree line, moving West to East. First saw it a few degrees east of due north. Amazing to see such a bright fireball during daylight hours!

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  • Kristy 10 years ago

    We were on a small lake in the BWCA, north of Ely, MN, fishing from our canoes when we saw this fireball. It was FAR brighter than any falling star we had ever seen and we were amazed to see it in the clear blue sky! (All four of us were lucky enough to see it!)

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  • Kay 10 years ago

    We were also in BWCA, Lake Two, It was definitely a fireball! The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen during the daytime sky. Unfortunately, the other member of my group did not also see it.

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  • S. Shurson 10 years ago

    We were on a lake in Savanna Portage State Park in MN, about 50 miles west of Duluth, and saw it. Like the othe observers, it lasted about 1-2 seconds and was just above the tree line in the norhern sky. Truly amazing to see this rare phenomenon during the daylight.

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  • dan jouppi 10 years ago

    I saw it near Isabella Mn. heading a shade east of due north ,white hot and white trail starting a little behind the object

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  • David Pringle 10 years ago

    I was on Abram Lake near Sioux Lookout, Ont. The fireball streaked across the sky . At first I wondered whether it was a plane burning up, then realized it was a meteor. It was really bright , considering especially how bright the day was. I thought it lasted longer than five seconds.I called for my wife to come and see it but it was gone. A thousand years ago it would have provided proof of the existence of a deity!

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  • Craig Eversoll 10 years ago

    I was on Eagle Lake Ontario and saw this event. It was an amazingly bright chrome colored with red and blue hues. It was unbelievable to see such a thing in broad daylight.

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  • Jim 10 years ago

    I was on a small lake just outside of Stone Lake Wisconsin at about 5:15-5:30 pm. I was in a canoe, glanced towards the northern sky and say a large yellow flaming mass and something black – either smoke or a black mass. It was traveling south to north. It lasted about 1 sec. I initially thought it was a small aircraft crashing but noticed it disappeared in the sky. Really impressive!

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