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Long-lasting fireball over Texas captured on video


A long-lasting fireball was captured via Sandia all-sky camera in Hawley, Texas at 02:55 UTC on February 27, 2017 (20:55 CST, February 26).

The event was associated with a sonic boom, suggesting the object got relatively close to the ground.

The American Meteor Society has so far received 31 reports. The majority came from Texas but eyewitnesses from Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado also reported the event.

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Video courtesy American Meteor Society

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Video courtesy WeatherfordTX PD

The sound was reported from people in Snyder, Abilene, and Clairemont, Texas. They described it as like that of a transformer failing or a sonic boom that a jet might create.

Texas fireball, February 26, 2017 (CST) - Heatmap

Texas fireball, February 27, 2017 (UTC) – Eyewitness heatmap. Credit: AMS

Interestingly, the event happened just two minutes before the very close flyby of asteroid 2017 DV36. As far as we know, there is no apparent connection between the two events.

Featured image: Long-lasting fireball over Texas, US on February 27, 2017 (UTC). Credit: AMS

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  1. A lot more of these are happening,I saw a blue one a few years back,coming home from work at 330 ish in the morning,no noise but was waiting to here a crash but never did.it was close I live in Milwaukee Wisconsin and it was in the West going south to north.really close.

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