3:08:00 PM

Major Breaking News...NASA Revising Size And Weight of Mississippi Bolide Upward...13JAN2011...Announces Fall Zone...

NASA Huntsville has confirmed that the bolide which exploded over Mississippi on Jan 11, 2011 is a "meter class" object yielding an explosive equivilent of roughly 80 tons of TNT and weighing over a metric ton at detonation. Original estimates put the object's size at 21 inches diameter and weighing 171 kilograms. In an ELPALLSKY interview with the Director of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville AL, Dr. Bill Cooke, at 16:45 MST 01/13/11, Cooke says "the meteor exploded at a high altitude and likely scattered fragments over a large area". Cooke also said "infrasound signatures from the event place the debris fall zone over Jackson Mississippi". This coincides with the original thinking of Dirk Ross Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News of Tokyo, Japan who theorized Jackson as the potential fall zone just after the event time of 20:45 CST on 1/11/11. Stay with ELPALLSKY for continued updates.

2:47:00 PM

New Video of Southern U.S. Fireball Available At...

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Based on visual observations, data and video, ELPALLSKY projects the ground track in the graphic below. This is only a depiction and no level of scientific accuracy is claimed nor implied. Depiction is for visualization reference only. 
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2:30:00 AM

Breaking News...12JAN2011...NASA Huntsville Confirms Southern US Fireball Size, Weight, Trajectory...Calculates Fall Zone

Flash Of Light – Mystery Solved!
James Spann | 9:12 pm January 12, 2011 | Comments (6)

Here is the results of the research done by Bill Cooke of Marshall Space Flight Center’s Space Environments Team in Huntsville… bottom line was that this was a 21 inch rock with a trajectory from NE to SW with a fall zone potentially in Central or South-Central Mississippi.

“Can confirm that this was indeed a fireball or bolide. Unfortunately no video of the actual meteor has surfaced, so I requested an analysis of signals from North American infrasound stations. We had one very clear detection, from the ELFO station in Canada, and a marginal signal at another station east of the visual sightings. Unfortunately the marginal signal is too weak to permit extraction of much information or to triangulate.
The ELFO signal arrived at 10:05:50 PM Central time, some 1 hour and 20 minutes after the event, and came in at an azimuth of 210 degrees. I you look at the attached plot, the black curved line shows the path of the ELFO signal, which intersects nicely with the bulk of the visual observations – indicated by the red dot – around Jackson, Mississippi (ELFO az gives 32 deg N, 89 deg W – Jackson is at 32 deg N, 90 deg W).
The infrasound signal at ELFO lasted some 2.5 minutes, and the amplitude permits an estimate of the meteor’s energy at 4.6 tons of TNT. If we assume a speed of 15 kilometers per second, we can derive a mass of 171 kg or 376 pounds. Making a further assumption that the meteor was porous rock gives a size (diameter) of 0.54 meters or 21 inches.

That’s the best estimate at this time – if video data of the meteor itself shows up, please let me know. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need clarification or more information.


And, this information below is from meteorite hunter Rob Matson…

“Based on these 4 reports:

Slidell, LA: north, moving R–>L
Greenville, MS: east, moving L–>R
Montgomery, AL: west, moving R–>L
Memphis, TN: south, moving L–>R

it looks like the fall zone is in central or southcentral
Mississippi, and the bolide trajectory was from NE to SW.
I checked the real-time radars (which are only for the lowest
elevation angle) and there’s nothing obvious. So we’ll have
to wait for the full level-II data. –Rob”
Flash Of Light – Mystery Solved!
James Spann | 9:12 pm January 12, 2011 | Comments (6)

2:28:00 AM

Possible SW Canada Meteor Fireball 12JAN2011 From Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News...
Jan 12 2011, 9:48 PM
Guest73 (guest): Possible meteor: white-yellow and Blue-green flashes spotted over Howe Sound near Bowen Island, British Columbia, (near Vancouver) Canada, around 6:50 am Jan 12, 2011. #meteor