Event: 20180220-025736

At 9:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, eyewitnesses in the southeastern United States reported seeing a bright meteor, which was also observed by 4 NASA all sky meteor cameras in the region. The video data enable us to establish that the fireball was first spotted 55 miles above the Oconee Nuclear Station at the south end of Lake Keowee in South Carolina, traveling north of west at 56,000 miles per hour. It completely ablated 17 miles above the Nantahala Woodland Lodge in the mountains of North Carolina. At its brightest, the fireball was as bright as the crescent Moon, indicating it was caused by an asteroidal fragment 3 inches in a diameter and weighing roughly one pound.

NASA Images and Videos

Meteoroid Orbit

Event Data

Event ID 20180220-025736
Date (UTC) Feb. 20, 2018
Time (UTC) 02:57:36
AMS Event 677-2018
Size 3 inches
Origin Asteroidal
NASA Camera Start Lat/Lon +34.838, -82.928
NASA Camera End Lat/Lon +35.060, -83.574
NASA Camera Altitude 88.8 km → 27.1 km ( 55.2 miles→ 16.8 miles)
NASA Camera Speed 26.0 km/s (58,100 mph)
Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon +35.411, -83.308
Chicken Little End Lat/Lon +35.609, -84.319
Chicken Little Altitude 110.1 km → 45.7 km ( 68.4 miles→ 28.4 miles)
Chicken Little Speed 31.3 km/s (70,000 mph)