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December 28, 2013

Huge meteor over North Liberty - Quadrantids meteor shower - Ison's debris trail - Dec 28, 2013

The National Weather Service reported a meteor over Iowa on December 26, 2013 catching it on one of its cameras.

Assistant Streets Superintendent Dan Lange discovered that a security camera at the public works facility on S. Front Street captured the meteor. (video below.)

AMS (amsmeteor.org) received 725 reports about this fireball seen over IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE and SD. Witnessed described the fireball as bright as the Sun that fragmented into many parts. Several witnesses reported sonic effects associated with the meteors.

In recent weeks, almost every day AMS receives reports of fireballs. The latest meteor reports came from Southern California.

The next major meteor shower: Quadrantids and is active from January 1 to January 10, 2014. The Quadrantids will peak on January 2 and January 3. Full Moon on January 1, 2014.

Comet Ison: It's possible that Earth will not orbit “clear” of ISON’s potential debris trail until the middle to end of January 2014. But it is expected that Ison’s debris trail will be high above Earth's orbit heading out to space, the biggest chunks in the leftover gravel will be meter sized, at the outside as big as the Chelyabinsk meteor, but if the debris cloud did come near us, we would get a pretty meteor display.

 Video: Meteor from Towne of North Liberty.

 

Follow the latest meteor sightings and reports:
amsmeteor.org / lunarmeteoritehunters

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