New Year's bolid fireball seen over New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, US

New Year's bolid fireball seen over New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, US

The bright fireball streaked over the southwestern USA on Jan. 1st at 03:15 UTC. It was visible from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Thomas Ashcraft managed to take some images and video from his rural observatory outside of Santa Fe by operating a combination all-sky camera/forward-scatter meteor radar system.



NASA's All-Sky Fireball Network cameras also recorded the fireball from multiple locations. An orbit calculated from those data show that the fireball was a random meteoroid hailing from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It hit Earth's atmosphere at 26 km/s (58,000 mph), which is relatively slow compared to other meteoroids, and disintegrated 82 km above Earth's surface.



You can check for more info at LunarMeteoriteHunters blogsite.

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