First fireball of 2018

Fireball date: 19 January 2018 at 02:25:04 UT

Fireball ID: M20180119_022504

The first fireball of 2018 was captured by three UKMON cameras in the early hours on 19 January 2018. It was a sporadic fireball meteor with an interesting explosion, reaching -7 magnitude. Orbit between Mars and Jupiter.

Ash Vale

M20180119_022504 fireball from Ash Vale Camera


Clanfield NE camera operated by Hampshire Astronomical Group managed to catch the beginning of the fireball.

M20180119_022504 fireball from Clanfield Camera


M20180119_022504 fireball from Wilcot Camera


The fireball was a Sporadic type, not associated with any known meteor showers. The interesting double explosion in the middle of the trajectory is quite usual for hard asteroidal material, matching orbit puts the fireball origins between Mars and Jupiter.

Ground Map

Ground Map of M20180119_022504 fireball

The fireball entered the atmosphere at the height of 88.7km and speed of 18.2km/s and travelled ground distance of 55.2km where it stopped burning at 39.6km above the ground.


Orbit of M20180119_022504 fireball


M20180119_022504 fireball radiant