On October 16, 2021 numerous eyewitnesses in the states of California and Nevada reported seeing a bright fireball at 8:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time (2021 October 17 3:47 UTC). These reports, when constrained by information from 3 publicly accessible cameras in the region, enable us to establish that the fireball was first sighted at an altitude of 51 miles above the Mojave Trails National Monument. It moved to the northwest at 47,000 miles per hour, finally disintegrating 32 miles above the California town of Yermo, just east of Barstow. Taking 3.8 seconds to burn up, the meteor managed to travel 47 miles through the upper atmosphere; its peak brightness was between that of a quarter and the full Moon.
|Date (UTC)||Oct. 17, 2021|
|Chicken Little Start Lat/Lon||+34.664, -116.072|
|Chicken Little End Lat/Lon||+34.948, -116.747|
|Chicken Little Altitude||82.7 km → 51.8 km ( 51.4 miles→ 32.2 miles)|
|Chicken Little Speed||21.0 km/s (47,000 mph)|