Green fireball explodes near the coast of eastern Florida


A bright green fireball streaked through the night sky near the coast of eastern Florida around 07:03 UTC (02:03 local time) on February 12, 2019. The event lasted several seconds and was followed by a loud rumble.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received only 5 reports from residents living from Sebring to Jacksonville.

Florida fireball February 12, 2019 – estimated trajectory. Credit: AMS

Residents reported an otherworldy burst of green and it passed over and a loud rumble after the flash.

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If you witnessed this object, please report it to the AMS using the following form.

A meteorite producing fireball was observed flying over Florida toward Cuba on February 1. Numerous fragments have been recovered.

NASA's JPL estimates the total impact energy at 1.4 kilotons, the largest produced by any fireball since July 25, 2018.

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Smoke trail and sonic boom at 0:47 

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Featured image: Fireball over eastern Florida on February 12, 2019. Credit: J. Saunders, AMS

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