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Bright daylight fireball over Arizona, U.S.

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A bright daylight fireball was seen over Arizona, U.S. at around 18:48 UTC on November 6, 2022 (11:47 MST). The event was recorded on video and registered by GOES-East and -West satellites.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 89 witness reports from users in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.1

An analysis of their accounts, folding in constraints from a couple of videos of the meteor, indicates that it first became visible 85 km (53 miles) above a point west of Grand Canyon Junction in Arizona.2

The object moved to the northwest at 82 000 km/h (51 000 mph) and covered a distance of 50 km (31 miles) before disintegrating at an altitude of 55 km (34 miles), according to NASA Meteor Watch.

The Geostationary Lightning Mappers onboard the GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites also detected the event.

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Daylight fireball over Arizona on November 6, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers
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Daylight fireball over Arizona on November 6, 2022 – heatmap. Credit: AMS

Unfortunately, the currently available data are not sufficiently precise to determine whether this fireball was a member of the ongoing Taurid meteor shower.

References:

1 AMS event #8152-2022 – American Meteor Society – November 6, 2022

2 Dylight fireball over Arizona at around 18:48 UTC on November 6, 2022 – NASA Meteor Watch – November 7, 2022

Featured image: Daylight fireball over Arizona at around 18:48 UTC on November 6, 2022. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

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