11:51:00 PM

Southeast Texas Meteor Fireball With Sonics Reported To ELPALLSKY 22SEP2011

Email From:
Steve L.-Sugarland, TX:
I live close to 90 and Aldridge. I was outside with my dogs and saw a bluish green light traveling from northeast to southeast. It was low enough to here the whish sound. Surprised me it was that close. Did not here it hit anything

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and/or 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.***  

11:42:00 PM

Meteor Fireball Activity Is Increasing As Predicted By ELPALLSKY Due To NEO Close Approach Today 22 SEP2011

click on image to enlarge-image courtesy and (c) 2011 NASA-JPL
Above is a graphical illustration of the orbit analysis of Asteroid 2007 TD which is currently passing within 6.2 LD (Lunar distances) of Planet Earth. This object was shoved close to Earth's orbital plane from collision with another asteroid within the Asteroid Belt. It stands to reason that debris from that collision is accompanying the asteroid, some of which is apparently making it into Earth's atmosphere and in turn, producing an increase in meteor fireball activity. Be prepared for additional fireball activity over the next day or two as 2007 TD passes close by.  

11:11:00 PM

Breaking Meteor Fireball News...South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska Daylight Fireball Reported To ELPALLSKY 22SEP2011

ADDITIONAL REPORTS NEEDED ON THIS DAYLIGHT EVENT !!!

Email From:
Stan B.-Minot, ND:
At approx 4:30 PM this afternoon, a fireball/meteor fell straight down east or northeast of Minot, ND, at least from my position it went straight down. I was 2-2 1/2 miles north of the Glenburn corner on highway 83 this afternoon when this ‘meteor’ fell to the south southeast of my position, maybe to the east 10 degrees of due south. If it would have been at night I believe it would have brightened up the sky and the ground for miles around the impact. Stan B.

Zana M.-Spearfish, SD:
At about 3:20 PM MST Today 9/21/11 I saw what appeared to be a green blaze shooting down across the sky. Out of the NE. It looked relitively close. Seemed as if it would crash some where near...although it was probably a million miles away! I have never seen something like that. It was a vivid neon green. Only lasted a few seconds. Very weird. Kind of eerie in a way. What was that?

Brandon M.-Broken Bow, NE:
Daytime Meteor:
Witnessed Bright Green/White Meteor Tail at 4:27PM CDT.
Sighted from 10 Miles North of Broken Bow, NE.
Sighted about 30 degrees above the horizon facing north
10-15 deg west from true north
Object was on a NNW trajectory

Paul A.-Unknown Location:
I was driving West yesterday Sept 22,2011 about 4:30 pm CDT when I saw a bright greenish fireball (falling star) in the Western sky..right above the road. Looked as though it would fall on the road but burned out before it got all the way down. Lasted only a moment. Unusual for daytime to see things like that.
P. Monaco-Alliance, NE:
Was driving south of Alliance, NE about 3:30pm on 9/22/11 and witnessed a bright green object (fireball) with large tail coming from a NE direction which broke up before hitting the ground.  Was very bright for this time of day.

Anonymous Reporter:
At about 425 pm I was driving south on highway 83 at about mile marker 99 (north of Bismarck) and I saw a large bright meteor type object falling very fast., it was a little off to the right of what would otherwise have been straight ahead of me. (I figure it to be at about 00:30 from the highway if the highway in front of me was considered 12:00) I heard on KFYR radio that a several people from around the state saw it. I wish I would have had time to take a picture. It seemed kind of odd because it was so very visible in broad daylight. It happened so fast I did not even have time to pull over or even so much as slow down my car. It was falling straight down with a significant bright tail. The burning head was much thicker than the tail. It must be deceiving as to how far away it was because it looked kind of close to me. Other witnesses said on the radio that they thought it was as far away as South Dakota. It was really odd. I did actually say out loud “whoa baby” as I continued to drive in the general direction of where I thought the meteor like object had likely impacted. I actually thought I would see a related fire on the side of the road. At that moment I thought there was a slight possibility of seeing a related mushroom cloud, or experience a related blast of shock wave air. Oh well. It was kind of an interesting moment.

***If you are searching for information about this fireball and/or 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.***  

2:14:00 AM

UARS De Orbiting Satellite Update...22SEP2011

UPDATE FROM SPACEWEATHER.COM

RE-ENTRY UPDATE: NASA has issued an update on the condition of the decaying UARS (Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite): "As of 1:30 p.m. EDT Sept. 21, 2011, the orbit of UARS was 120 mi by 130 mi (190 km by 205 km). Re-entry is expected sometime during the afternoon of Sept. 23, Eastern Daylight Time. The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period. It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 24 to 48 hours." Check the Simple Satellite Tracker for last-chance sighting opportunities.