20+ reports from 7 states
February is the start of the evening fireball season, when an abundance of fireballs seem to occur.
The AMS received more than 20 reports so far about a fireball event that occurred between Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL on February 15th, 2022 around 02:15 AM EST (07:14 Universal Time). The AMS #2022-1105 event was mainly seen from Illinois and Indiana but we also received reports from Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Arkansas.
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The ground trajectory computed from the witness reports shows that the meteor was traveling from North East to South West and ended its visible flight West of Lafayette, IL.
Photos and Videos
So far, we received 8 videos of this fireball (see related event page).
Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.
Additionally, the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event. As a general thumb rule, there are only about 1/3 as many fireballs present for each successively brighter magnitude class, following an exponential decrease. Experienced observers can expect to see only about one fireball of magnitude -6 (crescent moon) or better for every 200 hours of meteor observing, while a fireball of magnitude -4 (Venus) can be expected about once every 20 hours or so.