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 the All Sky Cameras operated by NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office and Bill Cooke stated an asteroidal origin after analyzing the videos and plotting the trajectory and orbit.
Here is a video of the fireball from one of Bill Cooke’s Meteor Cameras:
Below is a 3D trajectory of the fireball’s entry through the solar system, plotted by the AMS using data from the witness sightings.
Here is a 2D trajectory of the fireball. The red line is the AMS trajectory plotted from witness reports and the yellow line is Bill Cooke’s trajectory plotted from the All Sky Cameras.
We encourage witnesses who saw this fireball to also download the AMS Mobile App for iPhone or Android and submit an enhanced fireball report using your mobile device. The data we can collect from the mobile App is more accurate and allows us to determine the velocity of the fireball. If you already submitted a web based report, please also complete the mobile report.