Tens of eyewitnesses in California are reporting a bright fireball seen east of the Bay Area at 12:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time on July 31, 2021 (2021 July 31 7:34 UTC). We have used the information in the reports posted on the American Meteor Society website along with a video posted to Twitter (https://twitter.com/kfury/status/1421343444065083392) to estimate the meteor's trajectory. The fireball was first spotted 52 miles above Garden Valley Road near Foster Mountain, moving to the southeast at a leisurely 46,000 miles per hour. It travelled 61 miles through the upper atmosphere before ablating 33 miles above Beardsley Lake in the Stansilaus National Forest. We do not have orbit/brightness information, so an origin and size estimate of the object are not available at this time.
|Date (UTC)||July 31, 2021|
|Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon||+38.852, -120.853|
|Chicken Little End Lat/Lon||+38.275, -120.079|
|Chicken Little Altitude||83.3 km → 52.5 km ( 51.7 miles→ 32.6 miles)|
|Chicken Little Speed||20.6 km/s (46,100 mph)|