Daylight fireball over the Northeastern U.S.

A daylight fireball was seen just off the coast of New Jersey, U.S. at 21:30 UTC (16:30 EST) on November 13, 2021. The object was seen for more than 4 seconds.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 230 reports, mainly from the New Jersey area but also from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

"It is difficult to get a precise trajectory without video data, but an analysis of the sightings shows that the meteor’s direction of motion is consistent with it being a member of the currently active North Taurid meteor shower," NASA Meteor Watch said.

Daylight fireball over New Jersey on November 13, 2021 - heatmap. Credit: AMS

"At the time of the first appearance, the fireball was out in the Atlantic roughly 80 km (50 miles) from Stafford Township at an altitude of 96 km (60 miles)."

"The fragment of Comet Encke moved to the southwest at 104 600 km/h (65 000 mph), traveling 145 km (90 miles) before disintegrating 67 km (42 miles) above the ocean, just off Sea Isle City Beach."

Image credit: Andres Navarro

Featured image credit: Andres Navarro


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