A bright green fireball was so big it disintegrated across the sky from Texas to Kentucky at sunrise on October 12, 2016.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 290 reports. Many witnesses described glowing orange fragments and a blue smoke trail lingering for 5 minutes while the Sun was rising.
A bright green meteor streaked across the sky of Alabama and Mississippi around 11:48 UTC (06:48 CDT) on October 12, 2016.
Meteor seen in Luling, LA:
It was witnessed and reported by many residents from Texas to Kentucky.
— Joel Young, CBM (@WTVAJoel) October 12, 2016
The meteor was moving 143 200 km/h (89 000 mph) and was seen from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Video by Paul Sinka:
Unfortunately, all sky cameras in the region had already shut down to protect themselves from the bright Sun.
Based on the reports, scientists believe that the meteor was first seen 104 km (65 miles) above the town of Sawyersville in western Alabama. It appears to have fragmented 66 km (41 miles) above Louisville, Mississippi.
— wdsu (@wdsu) October 12, 2016
Brightness estimates indicate that the object weighed about 2.3 kg (5 pounds) and was roughly 12.7 cm (5 inches) in diameter. However, a reliable orbit wasn’t calculated and thus, the source of this object remains a mystery at this time.
Was it a meteor fireball? Was it associated with the ongoing meteor showers? There are good chances.