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BREAKING METEOR FIREBALL NEWS...Phoenix, Tempe AZ Green Daylight Fireball Report 08JUN2011

BREAKING NEWS...Phoenix, Tempe AZ Green Daylight Fireball Moments Ago On 08JUN2011...ADDITIONAL REPORTS NEEDED ASAP!!! email wxtx01@gmail.com
Email From:
Kristi R-Litchfield, AZ:
I saw what looked like a shooting star and as it dissapeared it looked like a green burst. I did have sunglasses on so it could have been a different color. I was at the TGIF at Litchfield & Mcdowll. It was slightly West of us heading North. Did not hit ground.

Date and Time of these events: June 8, 2011 aprox 1:39pm
Location name (town,city) : litchfield, Az TGIF at Litchfield & Mcdowll
Start and Stop location in sky, Direction of movement, high to low mb 5 degree angle decrease.
Duration of Event (seconds), Lasted maybe 5 seconds,
Brightness ( in comparison with Venus, Moon, Sun) color, sounds? Bright and no sound
   thank you Kristie...EXCELLENT report!

Randall C.-Tempe, AZ:
I witnessed a bright daytime meteor from the east Phoenix suburb of Tempe at 13:33 local time June 8 2011.  The tract was due West from my position, streaking almost straight down and about 10 degrees toward the North. Meteor had a bright lime green color, but I was wearing brown sunglasses so don’t know true color, and displayed a short tail, but left no visible trail in a  bright sky.  Did not reach the ground, faded out about 20 degrees above the horizon.  The Phoenix near solstice mid day sky is very bright, and meteor had additional “wielding torch” brightness for about 2 seconds, so same meteor at night may have qualified as a fireball??? Randall C.    Randall...to be daylight visible is an automatic "fireball" (brighter than Venus) qualification. Any fragmentation or sounds? THANK YOU!

Response: In response to your inquiry for additional details of the daylight green fireball over Phoenix, AZ on 8 June 2011, I saw no fragmentation, but the meteor did rapidly increase in brightness at the end of its tract before rapidly fading away.  I heard no sound and felt no vibration.  From my position at Eliot Rd and the 101, the initial tract was obscured by overhead trees but I saw the last approx 4 seconds.  The meteor maintained a slow steady speed and a very bright lime green color throughout its duration.   From the reports and locations by Jolene H. and Kristi R., my (very rough) triangulation suggests the meteor entered the atmosphere over central western Arizona and descended at a 60 to 70 degree angle East - North – East until it flared brighter and burned out in the denser atmosphere just north of  White Tank Mountain.  Fragmentation may have occurred but been obscured by the bright daytime sky. Incidentally, I witnessed a spectacular nighttime fireball in July 1971 during a midnight Boy Scout hike at Camp Geronimo, AZ, that shed numerous fragments and was bright enough to leave moving shadows of trees and scouts on the ground.  It took 30 minutes for the shimmering silver trail to fade away.  I heard a soft real-time whooshing sound, but am uncertain how that can be considering the speed of sound and distance to the meteor.  Anyway, I feel privileged to have witnessed both nighttime and daylight fireball meteors.
Randall C


Jolene H.-Phoenix, AZ:
I witnessed this fireball falling to the north of Phoenix.
I was facing directly north at 39th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Rd.  To my eyes
the color was silver blue, like a welding torch. It was VERY bright,
surprising for the daytime.  Due to an obstructed view I did not see it's
full descent.  I had no time on me but it was shortly before 2pm on
wednesday June 9 .  It appeared to be descending from west to east at about
a 60 degree angle to the ground.  I heard no sound, nor did I feel any
vibrations. Thanks,     no, thank YOU Jolene!


***If you saw this fireball event, please e-mail wxtx01@gmail.com with a description including time, date, location, which way you were facing, direction object traveled (right to left etc. is OK), color, any fragmentation or extremely bright flashes, and any sounds heard i.e. booms, hisses etc. Thank you for your report***

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