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Fragmenting Meteor Fireball Over SE TX ~1:40am CDT 24JUL2011

Another In A Series Of Texas Fireballs Reported To ELPALLSKY...This One At 01:40 a.m. CDT 24JUL2011 Seen From Near Houston, TX

Email From:
Brad G.-Pearland, TX:
Sunday  7/24/2011  ,  0144am CST. Might have been closer to 0140am, as my wristwatch runs a bit fast.
Location. Pearland , tx.  77584
Sitting in a garage playing poker, looking out the garage door over the top of my 1story house across the street , I witnessed a fireball that looked like a very fast moving aircraft.  I am very familiar with the speeds of the medic helicopters in my area, and that is the fastest thing in the air at that time of day(exception of 727's on nortbound approach to major airport)  It was most likely moving west to east, or to the southeast.  Just above the 1story rooftop would have made the viewing angle about 20-25 degrees above horizon.
Object was descending, but only slightly, and did certainly emit 3-4 glowing remnants. This fact solidified the meteor status in my mind.  It looked a lot like the famous "high school football game footage" I have viewed on the Internet.
Standoff distance impossible to estimate, as sky was unusually clear for this time of year.  Cumuli clouds coming off the gulf would make this sighting an impossibility 99% of the July mornings. I will be happy to measure angles amd better estimate angular velocity if it is useful,. It's my first fireball with ejected remnants , so I feel especially happy about viewing it. I wish I wasn't in a light pollution area, as it could have been spectacular.     thank you Brad! Excellent report!!

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