Asteroid Fireball Cuts Across North America

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Christopher K.
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Asteroid Fireball Cuts Across North America

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At around 10pm CDT on 14 April, an incredible and greenish fireball stunned those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri who were fortunate enough to be out of doors.

At least three grainy videos captured portions of the event--a roof cam in Madison, Wisconsin, a National Weather Service cam in La Crosse, Wisconsin and a police dash cam in Elma, Iowa.

NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office estimate the cause was a one-meter wide asteroid. According to the National Weather Service, "a loud, long, rumbling boom was heard from northeast Iowa to southwest Wisconsin". MEO operates two all-sky cameras as part of the All-Sky Fireball Network.

The NWS's Doppler Radar near Quad Cities seems to have captured the fireball's smoke trail.

Pieces of the object have been located and are on display at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum through today.

As always, the American Meteor Society will take online reports--and the number of reports the Society received connected to this event (http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireball/fireball_log2010.htm) is astounding.

National Weather Service La Crosse page:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cm ... 6&source=0

National Weather Service Quad Cities page:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cm ... 1&source=0

Tony Phillip's SpaceWeather page for 16 April:
http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php ... &year=2010

UPI wire story:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/wir ... 794260&c=y

Astronomy article:
http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=9766

Christopher K.
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Re: Asteroid Fireball Cuts Across North America

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With all that's going on right now, I know we'd rather not have this concern on our minds. It's a real problem, but I think it will soon have a reals solution for most troubling scenarios.

"Late" Tuesday night (actually early Wednesday morning) at 2am CDT on 1150AM and 97.7FM, there will be a discussion on keeping Earth safe from asteroids impacts. This radio show's discussions can be quite...interesting. I'll leave it at that.

The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies:
https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/

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