At least 8 fireballs over the United States on September 24

At least 8 fireballs over the United States on September 24

At least 8 fireballs were seen over the United States on September 24, 2021, with the largest grouping of eyewitnesses reports -- more than 130 -- associated with an event that occurred at 23:41 UTC (19:40 EDT) over North Carolina.

The fireball became visible 77 km (48 miles) above the ocean off Camp Lejeune, moving NE at 51 500 km/h (32 000 mph).1

It disintegrated 45 km (28 miles) above Morehead City, after traveling 42 km (26 miles) through Earth's upper atmosphere.

Fireball over North Carolina on September 24, 2021 - heatmap. Credit: AMS

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 21 reports for a fireball over Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee around 00:08 UTC, 15 reports for a fireball over Iowa and Illinois at 00:53 UTC, and 19 reports for another one over Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina at 17:34 UTC.2

Other fireball events on September 24 still have less than 10 eyewitness reports.


1 NASA Meteor Watch - FB

2 American Meteor Society - September 24 / US - Fireball events with more than 5 reports.

Featured image credit: AMS


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Krystal M. 19 days ago

Did anyone see another this morning approximately 1:40am? I swore I could hear it too.., bright green tail then massive orange yellow fireball before it poofed into darkness.. it was awesome!!

Thomas Edward Magner 20 days ago

These small fireballs only precede to big one.

Eugene S 22 days ago

There's absolutely no way global warming has anything to do with fireballs, meteors, comets, etc in space...

Jamal Shrair (@Eugene S) 21 days ago

That is how understood my comment? I am joking about the global warming religion

Jamal Shrair 22 days ago

Global warming is the reason behind the enormous increase in the number of fireballs

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