Valentine’s Day Meteor spotted over Pennsylvania

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AMS Event#614-2017 – screeenshot of a video shared by Chris Wolf on the AMS Website – @copy; Chris Wolf/AMS


53 reports from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Maryland

The AMS has received 63 reports so far about of a fireball event over seen over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 14th 2017 around 08:32pm EST (Feb 15th – 01:39 UT.). The fireball was seen primarily from Pennsylvania but witnesses from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland also reported the event. Some witnesses described the meteor as orange, yellow and white. After a fairly extensive investigation, we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t Cupidon but a bright meteor.

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First Estimated Trajectory

The map below shows the witnesses location with the first estimated trajectory. The preliminary estimated trajectory plotted from the witness reports shows the meteor was traveling from the West to the East and ended its flight somewhere over Scranton, PA.

AMS Event#614-2017 – First estimated trajectory and witness location.

Below is a video of the event shared by Chris Wolf on the AMS Website:


One comment

  • Susan 6 years ago

    I witness a fireball this morning 3/21/17 about 6:30 AM. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw it pass very low over Scranton PA and it looked like it definitely landed nearby. I live up on E. Mountain and have a view over the valley. It was very very bright yellowish white with a beautiful tail. I made a wish.

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