Spectacular fireball turns night into day, Seen from North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, 26 October 2012

NASA Report by Dr. Bill Cooke:

Very bright event at 05:24:38 UTC on October 26 (1:24:38 AM EDT), rivalling Moon. Flash seen by our cameras even through dense clouds

Trajectory analysis indicates this could be a South Taurid (a bit on the fast side). Details are:

Speed: 36.0 +/- 2 km/s
Radiant coordinates: 44.0 +/- 2 deg RA, 17.0 +/- 0.5 deg Dec
Start location: 83.872 W, +34.517 at an altitude of 102.9 km
*End location: 83.940 W, +34.599 at an altitude of 72.9 km

End location is the last point we could determine before the flare got so huge it was impossible to determine the center of light. The meteor lasted several frames beyond this.

Probably too fast and too high to produce meteorites, but I will wait to see if there is a doppler signature.


Bill Cooke
Meteoroid Environments Office
EV44, Marshall Space Flight Center

via Signs of the Times http://www.sott.net/article/252912-Spectacular-fireball-turns-night-into-day-Seen-from-North-Carolina-Georgia-and-Tennessee-26-October-2012

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