Despite the extremely cold weather, there are numerous reports from members of the public in Minnesota and Canada of a fireball seen over that state at approximately
9:24 PM Central Standard Time (2018 January 4 3:24 UTC). An analysis of their accounts places the first observation of the meteor at an altitude of 68 miles above the town of Kelliher. Moving north of west at 54,000 miles per hour, the meteor flew right between Upper and Lower Red Lake in Minnesota before ablating some 31 miles above the farm land east of Erie. An EarthCam located in Cavalier, North Dakota recorded the flash from this event on the horizon.
|Date (UTC)||Jan. 4, 2018|
|Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon||+47.994, -94.386|
|Chicken Little End Lat/Lon||+48.110, -95.526|
|Chicken Little Altitude||110.3 km → 49.0 km ( 68.5 miles→ 30.5 miles)|
|Chicken Little Speed||36.2 km/s (81,000 mph)|