August 29, 2013

Major Fireball Brighter Than The Moon Over Southeastern,USA - Aug 28, 2013 (Video)

A major fireball event occurred over the southeastern USA on August 28th. The explosion was brighter than the Moon and it might have scattered meteorites on the ground.

On August 28 all six NASA all-sky cameras in the southeast picked up a very bright fireball. "Its peak magnitude was approximately -11, or six times brighter than the Last Quarter Moon.

This may very well be the brightest event NASA's network has observed in 5 years of operation."

The cameras were completely saturated, necessitating a manual solution of the fireball's trajectory and orbit. Initial results indicate that the meteoroid massed 45 kg (roughly 0.3 to 0.4 meters in diameter) and hit the top of Earth's atmosphere traveling 23.7 km/s (53,000 mph). spaceweather

 

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