Jan 022012

A bright fireball streaked over the southwestern United States in the early morning hours on January 1st.  It was visible from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. 

NASA’s All-Sky Fireball Network cameras recorded the fireball from multiple locations.  An orbit calculated from the data shows that the fireball was a random meteoroid from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.  It hit Earth’s atmosphere at 58,000 mph which is relatively slow compared to other meteoroids, and disintegrated 51 miles above Earth’s surface.

Watch the video below of the fireball streaking across the sky.