Event: 20190511-044439

Over two hundred members of the general public in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin observed a bright fireball at 11:45 PM Central Daylight Time (2019 May 11 4:45 UTC). The meteor was also detected in two cameras - located at Hiram and Oberlin Colleges in Ohio - belonging to the NASA fireball network, as well as several other all sky and wide field cameras in the region. An analysis of the data from 5 cameras shows that the object began to ablate 63 miles above the middle of Lake Michigan, traveling east of south at 44,000 miles per hour. It ablated 22 miles above South Bend, Indiana. The orbit and brightness of the fireball suggest that it was a fragment of a Jupiter family comet 6 inches in diameter and weighing approximately 10 pounds.

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Meteoroid Orbit

Event Data

Event ID 20190511-044439
Date (UTC) May 11, 2019
Time (UTC) 04:44:39
AMS Event 2070-2019
Size 6 inches
Origin Cometary
NASA Camera Start Lat/Lon +43.113, -87.318
NASA Camera End Lat/Lon +41.620, -86.401
NASA Camera Altitude 101.3 km → 37.4 km ( 63.0 miles→ 23.2 miles)
NASA Camera Speed 19.8 km/s (44,300 mph)
Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon +42.518, -86.882
Chicken Little End Lat/Lon +41.785, -86.655
Chicken Little Altitude 96.8 km → 59.5 km ( 60.2 miles→ 36.9 miles)
Chicken Little Speed 22.1 km/s (49,400 mph)