2017-3-16: Fireball of Thursday 16 Mar 2017 at 9:39pm Pacific Time

A Meteor fireball fell over Central Washington State, and broke up over the Colville Reservation north of Yakima. The bright fireball was seen by many people from Vancouver Island , Vancouver, Seattle, and as far East as Spokane, Washington.  The American Meteor Society received 116 reports of “a fireball” over Washington, B.C., Idaho and Oregon.

Vancouver time that was  Thursday March 16, 2017 at 9:39pm.  People described a green tail turning briefly yellow, followed by a quick double flash at it broke up.

Kathy M. wrote on the  AMS site: “It was so amazing and beautiful. I’ve seen small, white falling stars before but never anything like this….large bright green with a huge white tail. Very cool.”  http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2017/1012

 Colour VIDEO:  Tammy Kwan, a Vancouver weekly newspaper Georgia Straight reporter, posted her dashcam video to YouTube she was driving on Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows.  See

Many of The Meteor Network All sky cameras across BC and Washington picked it up at 17 Mar 2017 at 04:39 UTC :

Bellview Wash (just a flash through clouds) at 04:39 UTC

 

Victoria Allsky 17 Mar 2017

Victoria Allsky

Victoria BC  at 04:39

Cranbrook Allsky Photo

Cranbrook Allsky

Cranbrook BC at 04:39;

West Kelowna Allsky Photo

Kelowna Allsky

West Kelowna BC at 04:39.

Prince George BC at 04:53.  (Their clock may be out).

The Anarchist Mtn, and Richland, Wash sites weren’t online.  The Courtney BC site didn’t see it.

TRIANGULATION: On these Allsky photos, North is at the top, and East is on the left.  Knowing the location of the photos, and from their directions, we can triangulate where the meteor was.  If you get your ruler out and draw intersecting lines on a map, it appears South of Kelowna BC, in Central Washington, over the Colville Reservation.  In this case, it’s unlikely it hit the ground.

A second smaller meteor was seen to the North on 03/17/2017 at 04:53 UT, 14 minutes afterward.

 

 

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