Event: 20210329-002620

Many eyewitnesses have filed reports with the American Meteor Society (AMS event #1964-2021 – see https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2021/1964) concerning a bright meteor seen over Virginia and North Carolina on March 28, 2021 at 8:26 PM Eastern Daylight Time (2021 March 29 00:26 UTC). An analysis of these reports places the first visibility of the fireball at an altitude of 61 miles above the Virginia town of Halifax, moving to the southwest at 91,000 miles per hour. It traveled 83 miles in just over 3 seconds, ablating 44 miles above Greensboro, North Carolina. No videos were found at the time of this analysis, despite reports from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and South and North Carolina. Extensive cloud cover obscured several cameras in the region.

Event Data

Event ID 20210329-002620
Date (UTC) March 29, 2021
Time (UTC) 00:26:20
AMS Event 1964-2021
Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon +36.837, -78.830
Chicken Little End Lat/Lon +35.930, -79.760
Chicken Little Altitude 98.3 km → 71.6 km ( 61.1 miles→ 44.5 miles)
Chicken Little Speed 40.8 km/s (91,300 mph)