October 13, 2012 Fireball

2012.10.13 FireballThis bright fireball occurred at 06:59 PM MDT over central Colorado. The meteor is not associated with any shower. It was widely witnessed in Colorado along the Front Range.

Data has been recovered from the following cameras:

The image at left is from the Cloudbait camera.

The meteor descended at a shallow angle (about 30 ° from horizontal) Deckers, CO towards Elbert, CO. Its height at peak brightness was about 50 km. The meteor had an average speed of 11 km/s. The very slow speed and shallow angle of descent are typical of meteorite producing events, but the large height and lack of significant fragmentation are not.

2012.10.13 Fireball PathThis map shows details of the fireball path. The ground path was about 51 km long..


If you saw this event and have not made a report, please do so here.

Please check back for further information as it becomes available.


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