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Very bright fireball explodes over Arizona, 4th major fireball within 10 hours


A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Arizona at around 03:29 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:29 MST, November 14). The event lasted up to 7 seconds and does not appear as a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower. This is the 4th major fireball event within 10 hours.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 108 reports by 14:50 UTC. 12 people reported a sound associated with the event, 4 heard concurrent and 8 delayed sound. 34 people reported fragmentation.

The event was seen from Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

Video courtesy J. Verrico (Gilbert, AZ), AMS

Video courtesy Q. Ye (South Pasadena, CA), AMS

Video courtesy R. McLaws (Cedar City, Utah), AMS

Video courtesy A. Hayslip (Mormon Lake, AZ), AMS

Bright fireball over Arizona on November 15, 2017 (UTC). Credit: A. Hayslip, AMS

“The first estimated 3D trajectory doesn’t make this fireball a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower,” AMS said. “Traveling from North-West to South-East, the visible path of the fireball ended somewhere east of Happy Jack, AZ.”

Bright fireball over Arizona on November 15, 2017 (UTC) - preliminary 3D trajectory

Bright fireball over Arizona on November 15, 2017 (UTC) – preliminary 3D trajectory. Credit: AMS

Bright fireball over Arizona on November 15, 2017 (UTC) - heatmap

Bright fireball over Arizona on November 15, 2017 (UTC) – heatmap. Credit: AMS

This is the 4th major fireball event within 10 hours. The first event took place at 16:48 UTC on November 14 over western Germany and, with over 1150 reports, it soon became the most reported fireball event from Europe since the AMS and the IMO launched the international version of the AMS fireball form. 

The second event took place over France at 21:32 UTC (22:32 CET) on November 14 and was reported so far by 42 witnesses. The event has been caught by 10 cameras of the French Network (Toulouse, Angers, Talence, Sabres, Carcassonne, Aurillac, Hendaye, Saint Bonnet Vert, Coulounieix-Chamiers and Mauroux).

Fireball over France at 21:32 UTC on November 14, 2017

Fireball over France at 21:32 UTC on November 14, 2017. Credit: FRIPON

The third event took place over Ohio, United States at 01:49 UTC on November 15. So far, the AMS received 38 reports. One of the witnesses said a concurrent sound was associated with the event while 13 saw it fragment.

Video courtesy J. Williams (Fairpoint, Ohio), AMS

Featured image: Bright fireball over Arizona on November 15, 2017 (UTC) Credit: J. Verrico (Gilbert, AZ), AMS



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