Fireball spotted over Missouri on Nov. 11th, 2019

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Over 300 reports from 8 states

The AMS has received over 300 reports so far about of a bright fireball seen above Missouri on Monday, November 11th 2019 around 8:52pm (Nov. 12th 02:54 Universal Time). The event was mainly seen from the Missouri but we also received reports from Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

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AMS Event #5566-2019 – Witness location and estimated ground trajectory

Trajectory

The preliminary 3D trajectory computed based on all the reports submitted to the AMS so far shows that the fireball was traveling from East to West and ended its flight somewhere near Wellsville, MO.

AMS Event #5566-2019 – Estimated ground 3D trajectory

Videos

We also received 3 videos of the event from witnesses – all of them can been seen from the AMS Event #5566-2019 page. The event has also been caught on cameras by numerous security camera in the area and for instance, the Earthcam.com‘s St Louis camera.

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48 comments

  • Mitch Smedley 3 weeks ago

    I had numerous accounts on my social media feeds of it (or another one) making contact in the middle of Interstate 70 in Blue Springs Missouri. Shower of sparks as a object struck the pavement of the highway causing cars to maneuver around it. It would have been almost perfectly in line with these images. The post was timestamped at 8:57 saying it occurred just a few minutes ago.

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  • Timothy Renaud 3 weeks ago

    I saw this last night as well in the southern sky. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

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    • Courtney 3 weeks ago

      I saw it in Huntley last night as well! It was so cool!

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    • Katy Parker 3 weeks ago

      I saw it last night and I am from Qunemo kansas, my dad saw it as well. I saw it around 9:30 last night.

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  • Kip S 3 weeks ago

    Surely you meant Missouri, not Ivanhoe, NC? What a sight to see!

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  • Chris Leonard 3 weeks ago

    I saw this last night while I was scraping ice off of my van in Warrensburg Missouri. I was facing north and saw what I thought was lightning in the reflection of one of my windows which would have been south,
    but the meteorite appeared to be racing northeast. I turned around quickly enough to catch a glimpse of it before it disappeared over some trees. I couldn’t believe how bright and wide it was. I almost expecting a boom within a few seconds. Pretty amazing.

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    • Kevin 3 weeks ago

      My mother saw this in sussex delaware. Thought she was crazy until I just ran acRoss this article. Trippy s#%T!!!!

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      • amsadmin 3 weeks ago

        Kevin, Your sighting could not have been associated with the object seen over Missouri. The distance is just too far.

        Robert Lunsford
        American Meteor Society

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  • Merilynn 3 weeks ago

    At 852 pm. I seen a silvery light across the sky then a flash. It was over Cantrall, Illinois 62625. Cool to finally seen a meteor.

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  • Dean Esbeck 3 weeks ago

    I witnessed this last night, November 11th, 2019 from a highway near Atlantic Iowa.

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  • Amy 3 weeks ago

    I saw this coming home in Kansas while I was on the highway in Overland Park, ks

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  • Bartlett Mack 3 weeks ago

    I saw a green fireball in Brevard County Florida last night around 20:30 EST

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  • JoAnn 3 weeks ago

    My husband and I saw this from our living room picture window…amazing!! The sonic boom was so loud it shook us out of our chairs. We thought we were having an earthquake…didn’t know what the heck was happening. We saw the news later on TV which explained everything.
    We live in Sullivan, MO in Franklin County off of Hwy K. We are 50 miles Southwest of St. Louis, MO.

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  • R D Wallis 3 weeks ago

    Viewed from Wentzville, Missouri, under path of Meteor. Lite up sky brighter than brighties lightening ever experienced. Ground underfoot shook like jello, every fiber of 6500 sq ft house was shaking and rattling. Quick and short but unforgettable.

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  • Katy Parker 3 weeks ago

    I saw it last night and I am from Qunemo kansas, my dad saw it as well. I saw it around 9:30 last night.

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  • Scott Stoltenberg 3 weeks ago

    I also spotted this last night in Davenport, Iowa. I was exiting off of I-74 east heading South on the 53rd street exit. I wasn’t sure what I saw so I Googled meteor in Iowa and found this site. The time lines up perfectly.

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    • Brandon Scott 3 weeks ago

      I live in Davenport, too. I saw it driving south on Hwy 61 from Maquoketa! I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw this!

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  • John Gabbert 3 weeks ago

    In the video, the meteor appears south of Arch. Troy and Wellsville are north of the Arch.
    Even though the Arch is about 18 degrees off North-South longitude, it seems like the path of the meteor should be farther south than indicated on the map.

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  • Harrison Tran 3 weeks ago

    The lightning mapper on the GOES-16 satellite caught the fireball over New Florence, Missouri, at 02:52 UT.

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  • Kylie 3 weeks ago

    I was outside when it happened! Looked Ike it was right in front of me. I’ve seen showers before but this was incredible. Went outside multiple times after that to try to catch another one!

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  • Sarah 3 weeks ago

    My husband saw something like this at about 1:30 am Sunday in Georgia.

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  • Drew VandeCreek 3 weeks ago

    I saw this in DeKalb, Illinois, which is about 65 miles west of Chicago.

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  • Kathleen 3 weeks ago

    I too saw this fireball. I live in Northeast Oklahoma

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  • Camille 3 weeks ago

    Don’t you all realize that those were taurids from the meteor shower! Very cool!

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  • Frederick Williams 3 weeks ago

    I was able to see something In Massachusetts on the same night around 6:30 7 o clock same bright light and then it burns out

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    • amsadmin 3 weeks ago

      The meteor you witnessed could not have been the same as the one spotted over Missouri. The distance is just too far.

      Robert Lunsford
      American Meteor Society

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  • Ron 3 weeks ago

    I saw a very similar event while traveling east bound on I -70 on the turnpike around the tonganoxie exit . although it seemed somewhat smaller & was traveling west to east…once in a lifetime. Wish i had it on video

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    • Karlao 3 weeks ago

      I saw something similar at around 10:04 pm, I live in Hagerstown MD.

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  • Brent Hugh 3 weeks ago

    I triangulated the start & end positions of the visible meteors path, and the point of greatest brightness, based on three widely spaced ground observation videos and the GOES 16 lightning mapper. Those observations all line up reasonably well to put the start point over Byrnes Mill, MO, the brightest flash over Etlah, MO, and the end point just north of Rhineland, MO.

    Map here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=15ZEKqqlVXOfdnBNDcIfvGUZ58EgE1WXO&usp=sharing

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  • Xiong 3 weeks ago

    I probably saw the after math of that shooting star. I was fishing at San Luis Reservoir.. the shooting star looked more like a straw; twirling in a perfert circle, as If it was the light from a flash light ..slowly twirling for at least 2 to 3 minutes long in the sky ..it kept on going westward. This happened around 630 pm in California.. and that night I saw about 5 other shooting stars .. San Luis Reservoir is one of my favorite fishing area due to it not having light pollution and at night the sky lights up !!

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    • amsadmin 3 weeks ago

      Xiong, Your sighting could not have been associated with the object seen over Missouri. The distance is just too far.

      Robert Lunsford
      American Meteor Society

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  • Art Harmon 3 weeks ago

    Lets say a piece of the 11-11-19 Missouri meteor made it to the ground. Based on your calculations what vicinity would that be in if visibility was lost around Wellsville MO? I assume it was still high enough and still had velocity to continue traveling. Centralia.MO perhaps? My hometown!

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  • Jason D Wurdinger 3 weeks ago

    I saw it up in Fairfield Iowa. Incredible how bright it was.

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  • Sarah 3 weeks ago

    Saw the bright white flash as tho someone had their bright headlights on directed to our window, which is very very rare to happen since it don’t face a road, on the north side of our house. I went to front door to look, then went to window we saw the flash & at that very moment I heard a loud rumble, not a sonic boom, believe me I’ve heard sonic booms hit this house before, and the ground shook like an earthquake, felt like a 3.0 earthquake. We’re directly south of the estimated areas. I’m thinking it’s near New Florence.

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  • Ashley Rae 3 weeks ago

    At 11:11pm PST I saw one in Southern California. Hoping someone else saw the same one. It was a trip.

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  • Peter Crickman 3 weeks ago

    I saw a bright white flash while travelling near West Friendship, MD at 10:05 pm EST 11/12/2019.

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  • James Warren 3 weeks ago

    Wasn’t this the comet that NASA told us weeks in advance that it would come very close to us?

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    • Robert Lunsford 3 weeks ago

      James and All,

      No, this was an object much smaller than a comet, perhaps the size of a beach ball. Comets are much larger and none that we know of with certainty has struck the earth in modern history.

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