Event: 20181110-104951

NASA all sky meteor cameras and several eyewitnesses in the SouthEast detected a bright fireball (about 4 times brighter than the Full Moon) at 4:50 AM Central Standard Time on November 10 (2018 November 10 10:50 AM UTC). The fireball was caused by an asteroidal fragment between 3 and 6 feet in diameter, with a weight of about 2 to 3 tons, that began to ablate some 44 miles above the town of Steens, Mississippi. It proceeded slightly east of south at 27,000 miles per hour until it fragmented 16 miles above the Alabama town of Memphis, near the Mississippi state line. The pressure waves from the fragmentation created sonic booms and triggered seismometers in the area, and there are doppler radar signatures of small meteorites falling to the ground. The orbit of this object was very similar to that of Earth, indicating a great deal of orbital evolution, or - much less likely - a lunar orgin.

NASA Images and Videos

Desert Fireball Network Camera

Camera hardware courtesy of the Desert Fireball Network

Meteoroid Orbit

Event Data

Event ID 20181110-104951
Date (UTC) Nov. 10, 2018
Time (UTC) 10:49:51
AMS Event 4773-2018
NASA Camera Start Lat/Lon +33.632, -88.343
NASA Camera End Lat/Lon +33.185, -88.201
NASA Camera Altitude 76.4 km → 24.0 km ( 47.5 miles→ 14.9 miles)
NASA Camera Speed 12.2 km/s (27,300 mph)