Christmas fireball 24 December 2013


Fireball date: 24 December 2013 at 23:58:02 UT

Fireball ID: M20131224_235801


We were hoping for one and we got one. A beautiful Christmas fireball was recorded by three UKMON stations:

Wilcot station

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013 Wilcot

Clanfield station

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013 Clanfield

Scotch Street station

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013 Scotch Street

While we make some orbit calculations here is Richard’s video:

Bright Christmas Eve Meteor from Richard Fleet on Vimeo

Update:

This was a Sporadic type meteor with apparent magnitude -4.8 which started burning in atmosphere 120.1 km above, down to 97 km with velocity 53.6 km/s Ground map:

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013

Very interesting orbital data:

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013

And a 3D view of this meteor in Google Earth:

Christmas fireball 24 December 2013