Event: 20200312-001407

Residents of the state of Florida reported seeing a bright fireball at 8:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time (2020 March 12 00:14 UTC). The event was also captured by 3 NASA all sky meteor cameras in the region (located at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the University of Central Florida, and KSC). An analysis of the video data provided by these systems indicates that the meteoroid - which was an asteroid fragment about 4 inches in diameter with a weight of 5 pounds - began to ablate 57 miles above the swampy land to the southwest of the Florida town of Avon Park, moving at a speed of 35,000 miles per hour to the southeast. It disintegrated above Lake June in Winter, at an altitude of 38 miles. At its brightest, the fireball was about 3 times more intense than the quarter Moon. The computed orbit puts the fragment's farthest distance from the Sun in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, and a perihelion just inside Earth's orbit.

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Meteoroid Orbit

Event Data

Event ID 20200312-001407
Date (UTC) March 12, 2020
Time (UTC) 00:14:07
AMS Event 1246-2020
NASA Camera Start Lat/Lon +27.515, -81.598
NASA Camera End Lat/Lon +27.264, -81.484
NASA Camera Altitude 92.0 km → 63.0 km ( 57.2 miles→ 39.1 miles)
NASA Camera Speed 15.7 km/s (35,000 mph)
Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon +28.230, -82.062
Chicken Little End Lat/Lon +27.840, -81.773
Chicken Little Altitude 60.1 km → 52.4 km ( 37.3 miles→ 32.6 miles)
Chicken Little Speed 20.6 km/s (46,100 mph)