10:31:00 PM

"Large Fragmenting Meteor Fireball 8:48pm MST Phoenix AZ 08APR2011"...NOT A FIREBALL AT ALL!

 Locals Mistake Arizona Skyhawks For Meteor Fireball(s)

Below are reports from in/around the Phoenix area about what was at first thought to be a large meteor/fireball breaking up as it dropped toward Earth. Turns out a local skydiving team tricked Arizonans AGAIN!!! For a sample of the night show they put on, click the above link and enjoy!

Scottsdale, Arizona arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for fireball meteor tonight in phoenix.
22:10:22 -- 19 minutes ago

Mesa, Arizona arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for something in the sky 4-08-2011.
23:39:11 -- 21 minutes ago

Fountain Hills, Arizona arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for april 8 2011 orange lights scottsdale.
00:01:52 -- 1 minute ago

Email From Desiree In Scottsdale, AZ...
Scottsdale az facing south.
huge trail of fire, then burst into smaller pieces that continued to burn and circulate (like fireworks!)  they kept falling to the ground.  We thought a plane caught on fire and was breaking apart!   
Email From Jeremy S. In Scottsdale, AZ...
I was taking a walk tonight in Scottsdale, Arizona around 8:48pm on 4/8/2011. I was walking south and I saw this fireball shoot through the sky directly in front of me heading southeast. The fireball to me did not look like a round object at all. It was more in the shape of a triangle. It then disappeared behind some large trees and as I ran to find it again, I saw firework like explosions off in the distance. When I first saw the fireball I thought it was a plane but the shape was so odd and moving much more quickly then a plane. I would describe the firework like explosions in the sky like fireflies in a jar!!!
APreC8Life Writes...I saw several fireballs on April 8, 2011 @ 8:51 PM. From my home in Scottsdale, they seemed to be over the Tempe, Az area, From my usual viewpoint, that too is the flight pattern to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. I first saw one and wasn't sure what I was seeing. I continued to watch and saw several others. It was amazing. They actually looked like balls of fire with tail trails.

8:49:00 PM

Washington State Meteor Fireball ? 08APR2011...

United States arrived from google.com on "elp allsky:" by searching for bright light in Seattle sky. 19:49:49 -- 55 minutes ago

Richland, Washington arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for falling star april 6, 2011 washington state.
22:27:59 -- 41 minutes ago

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4:09:00 PM

Possible Mexico Meteor Fireball? 08APR2011

Internet traffic indicating a possible Mexico Fireball 08APR2011...

Brunswick, Georgia arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for meteor hit 4/8 mexico.
15:53:51 -- 12 minutes ago

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3:28:00 PM

UPDATE...NASA Projects Debris Field for 06APR2011 Tennessee Fireball Bolide

NASA Meteoroid Environment Office-Marshall Space Flight Center-Huntsville...has released a map of the projected meteorite debris field/impact zone from the April 6th meteor fireball event over Tennessee.

NASA MEO Director Bill Cooke cautions "bear in mind that we lost track of the meteor fairly high up, before it underwent significant deceleration. Therefore this is a rough estimate only, pinpointing a general  impact area".

NASA emphasizes that "hunters should respect the wishes of the property holders".
image courtesy NASA MEO-Google Earth-click image to enlarge

3:25:00 PM

Large Meteor Fireball Ontario Canada 07APR2011...

Internet Traffic Indicating Meteor Event SE Canada 07APR2011

Caledonia, Ontario arrived from google.ca on "elp allsky:" by searching for large fireball april 7 2011. -- 15:42:04 -- 13 minutes ago

Hamilton, Ontario arrived from google.ca on "elp allsky:" by searching for meteor april 7.
15:11:21 -- 45 minutes ago

1:56:00 PM

Meteor Fireball SW Kentucky 08APR2011...

Benton, Kentucky arrived from google.com on "elp allsky: Apr 8, 2011" by searching for METEOR 4-8-2011. -- 13:09:20 -- 41 minutes ago

1:52:00 AM

Meteor Fireball W-Central OR 07APR2011...

Gresham, Oregon arrived from google.com on "elp allsky" by searching for what was in the sky on April 7th 2011 in Boring oregon?.
01:31:46 -- 17 minutes ago

12:41:00 AM


Last night (April 6) at 8:21:57 CDT (9:21:57 EDT), NASA all-sky meteor cameras located at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (in conjunction with the Hands-On Science Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee) and at the Walker County Science Center in northwest Georgia detected a very bright fireball moving north across the state of Tennessee. First detected 52 miles above the Arnold Air Force base near Tullahoma, the meteor was brighter than crescent Moon and was approximately 2 feet in diameter, with a weight of 200 lbs. It was last recorded 30 miles above the town of Woodbury, Tennessee, moving at a speed of approximately 9 miles per second (32,400 mph).

The NASA Meteoroid Environment Office has reasonable confidence that some fraction of this meteor survived to the ground as one or more meteorites. Calculations are underway to determine the general impact location, which may lie close to the Kentucky border. Eyewitnesses to the fireball are encourage to make a report to the American Meteor Society (www.amsmeteors.com) or to the Meteoroid Environment Office.

More information will be forthcoming at the completion of the impact zone calculations, which may take some time. The orbit indicates that this interloper was from the Asteroid Belt, with an aphelion well beyond the orbit of Mars.

Note: A 3rd NASA camera, located at the Tellus Science Center in Cartersville, Georgia, also recorded this event low on the northern horizon. This data is being used to refine the trajectory determination.
Imagery and Data...
courtesy Bill Cooke-NASA MEO MSFC-Huntsville, AL
Chickamauga, GA Camera
Tullahoma, TN Camera
Trajectory Data-click image to enlarge