We have received numerous reports concerning a bright fireball that occurred over Georgia at 5:33:55 PM CST (6:33:55 PM EST). All 6 NASA all sky meteor cameras in the Southeast picked up the meteor at an altitude of 50 miles above the town of Georgia (SE of Atlanta). From its brightness, it is estimated that this piece of an asteroid weighed at least 150 pounds and was over 16 inches in diameter. It entered the atmosphere at a steep angle and moved almost due south at a speed of 29,000 miles per hour. The NASA cameras tracked it to an altitude of 17 miles above the town of Locust Grove, where it had slowed to a speed of 9000 miles per hour, at which point the meteor ceased producing light by burning up. It is possible that fragments of this object survived to reach the ground as meteorites.
A more detailed analysis will be performed tomorrow and further details will follow if this analysis still indicates the possibility of a meteorite fall.
Ground track, still images from the cameras, and a movie from the NASA camera located in Cartersville, Georgia attached.
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I’am sandy from Egypt ,I’m nine years old , I ‘m very interested by sciences especially space and its secrets and I hope to speak for once to any scientist or astronaut to ask him some questions
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So where did it hit.
rock springs Wyoming seen these reported fire balls a total of three as I took pictures of what I thought was the 2015 yb asteroid. also at about 5:45 to 5:55 today 12 19 2015 apeared and then ddisapeared seen a yellow l block shaped object above my home and it disappeared that fast about 5 seconds of visual
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