Numerous eyewitnesses in the midwestern states reported seeing a bright fireball on February 3, 2021 at 8:06 PM Central Standard Time (2021 February 4 2:06 UTC). The event was also recorded by three internet accessible cameras in the region and 2 NASA all sky cameras located at Hiram and Oberlin Colleges in Ohio; unfortunately, the fireball was so distant from the NASA cameras that it was right on the horizon, precluding a trajectory solution from their data. But an analysis of the visual records using the camera azimuths to constrain the solution shows that the meteor appeared 48 miles above Lodge County Park, north of Monticello, Illinois. Proceeding slightly south of west at 33,000 miles per hour, the meteor managed to travel 27 miles through the upper atmosphere before finally ablating 28 miles above Maroa on US 51.
No meteorites are thought to have been produced by this event.
|Date (UTC)||Feb. 4, 2021|
|Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon||+40.105, -88.599|
|Chicken Little End Lat/Lon||+40.052, -88.936|
|Chicken Little Altitude||78.1 km → 45.6 km ( 48.5 miles→ 28.4 miles)|
|Chicken Little Speed||14.7 km/s (33,000 mph)|