October 23, 2013 Fireball

2013.10.23 FireballThis bright fireball occurred at 9:19 PM MDT over northern Colorado. The meteor is not associated with any shower. It was widely witnessed in Colorado along the Front Range. The meteor duration was 13 seconds.

Data has been recovered from the following cameras:

The image at left is from the Denver Museum camera; mouse over it to see the image from the Cloudbait camera.

The meteor descended at a very shallow angle, maintaining a nearly constant height of 45 km. The meteor had an average speed of 15 km/s. The very slow speed and shallow angle of descent are typical of meteorite producing events, but the lack of significant fragmentation is not.

2013.10.23 Fireball PathThis map shows details of the fireball path. The ground path was about 200 km long. The meteor started near Mead, CO and ended near Yuma, CO. Its radiant was along the border of Hercules and Ophiuchus.


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

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