Event: 20211011-020331

Many eyewitnesses in the southeastern United States are filing reports of a bright fireball seen at 10:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time on October 10, 2021 (2021 October 11 02:04 UTC). The event was also detected - at extreme range - by NASA meteor cameras in north Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. An analysis of the video data shows that the fireball first appeared 52 miles above the town of Donald in southeast Georgia, moving northwest at 45,000 miles per hour. It burned up about 23 miles above Sanders Road near Providence Missionary Baptist Church, in the southeast corner of Toombs County. At its peak, the meteor's brightness rivaled that of the Full Moon, which indicates it was caused by an asteroid fragment about 8 inches in diameter with a weight of 20 pounds.

The fireball was also seen from space, detected by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper on the GOES-16 satellite.

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Event Data

Event ID 20211011-020331
Date (UTC) Oct. 11, 2021
Time (UTC) 02:03:31
AMS Event 6470-2021
Size 8 in or 20 lbs
Origin asteroidal
NASA Camera Start Lat/Lon +31.804, -81.881
NASA Camera End Lat/Lon +31.989, -82.240
NASA Camera Altitude 82.7 km → 43.1 km ( 51.4 miles→ 26.8 miles)
NASA Camera Speed 20.3 km/s (45,500 mph)