October 6, 2014 Fireball

2014.10.06 FireballThis bright fireball occurred at 4:08 AM MDT over Colorado. The magnitude at Denver was -12, making it as bright as a full Moon.

Data has been recovered from the following cameras:

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

The radiant is quite close to that of the Orionid meteor shower. This may have been a member of that shower, although its speed appears a little too slow, and its penetration depth a little far. There is no evidence of meteorites or debris in the Doppler weather radar data from the Denver NOAA station.

2014.10.06 Fireball PathThis map shows the ground path of the fireball.

The ground path is 68 km long, and the atmospheric path is 111 km long. The meteor descended steeply at 38° from vertical, with an average speed of 44 km/s. The meteor was first detected at a height of 123 km, and faded at a height of 35 km. The total duration was 2.5 seconds.

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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