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Bright White Fragmenting Meteor Fireball Houston Texas 03AUG2011

White Fragmenting Fireball Seen From Houston, TX 03AUG2011

Email From:
Dustin W.-Houston, TX:
Date:  Aug. 3 2011
Time:  Approx. 9:16 PM CST
Location:  La Porte, Texas (South East Houston)
Color:  White
I was sitting outside my house, looking straight up 90 degrees.  Something I always do, enjoying what stars I can see, when I saw what I thought would be just your typical quick streak in the sky "shooting star", but it did not just burn out.  It continued burning up, and could see the particles sparking off the tail.  It was the first time I've seen anything like that.  I have seen plenty of meteors, but none with that much clarity, and detail of the tail particles.  I was facing approx. South and the meteor was traveling a South to North bound direction.  It was definitely a beautiful site to see, and hopefully not my last.  There was no audible sound from where I was.

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and witnessed it, please leave a report of what you saw at wxtx01@gmail.com Please include the date and time, the direction you were facing/driving, the direction in which the object moved (upper left to lower right etc.) approximate size and brightness compared to a full moon, color, any flashes, streaks, fragmentation and any sounds or delayed sounds such as sonic booms, hisses, sizzles etc. Thank you! Your information is vital to research/recovery efforts so please take time to report.*** 

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JULY Monthly Fireball Activity Over El Paso, TX
Note: Camera maintenance numerous times during the month renders horizon lights in multiples as camera was moved several times. Enjoy!
click image above to enlarge-moon, stars, and clouds digitally removed