Fireball Over Hualālai Update

Looks like several folks saw this meteor come in, including the entire evening crowd at the VIS. Another report from Kali on Maui emphasizes just how bright it was.

Larry O’Brian reports from the VIS…

The highlight of the evening was unquestionably a spectacular fireball that burned brilliant green, slow- moving, threw off at least one fragment, the whole enchilada. No sound, other than thirty people shouting ‘wow!’ I first caught it around, say, Aquila heading towards Ophiuchus, but people were already calling out about it.

Between Larry’s excellent report and my own sighting I can place this meteor coming in steeply somewhere over or just south of Hualālai. From around the summit to out to sea beyond Kealakekua, much closer than I would have thought. Given the breakup and low altitude the proximity implies there could have been pieces reaching the ground. Anyone in South Kona report something hitting their roof?

Any readers want to join me search an entire 9,000ft volcano for meteor fragments? Spotting dark fusion crusted meteors on top of fresh black a’a basalt ought to be easy… Not!!!

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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