Event: 20181211-020103

At 8:01 PM December 10th 2018 (2018 December 11 0:01 UTC), a fireball was observed by many members of public in central Texas. It was also detected by 4 all sky cameras - a NASA camera located in Mayhill, New Mexico; an American Meteor Society camera in Hawley, Texas; a Skyeye camera at Cosmic Obsession Observatory, and a camera at Putman Mountain Observatory. The merger of the data from these systems with the eyewitness accounts has enabled us to locate the start of the meteor 47 miles above Camp Wood, Texas. Moving slightly west of North at 40,700 miles per hour, the object travelled some 35 miles through the atmosphere before ablating 24 miles above the town of Rocksprings. The camera data indicate that the fireball was about 5 times brighter than the planet Venus, and was produced by a meteoroid with a diameter of 4 inches and a weight of about 1.5 pounds.

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Event Data

Event ID 20181211-020103
Date (UTC) Dec. 11, 2018
Time (UTC) 02:01:03
AMS Event 5479-2018
Size 4 inches
Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon +29.557, -100.032
Chicken Little End Lat/Lon +30.043, -100.228
Chicken Little Altitude 74.9 km → 38.6 km ( 46.5 miles→ 24.0 miles)
Chicken Little Speed 18.2 km/s (40,700 mph)