464 fireball shots reported from different countries between Mar 01, 2017 and Mar 31, 2017, including 7 from Canada between March 4 and March 13, 2017.
There are 391 fireball shots sightings between Mar 01, 2017 and Mar 31, 2017 in United States (US). The International Meteor Organization also received one report about a fireball seen over CA on Tuesday, March 14th 2017. And on March 4th 2017 around 04:15 UT received 64 reports over TX, LA, MS and AR on Saturday.
The American Meteor Society received over 55 reports so far about a fireball shot event over Southern France. On Wednesday, February 17th 2016 around 17:20 UT (18:20 local time). The fireball was seen primarily from the Alpine region but witnesses from as far as Corsica. Also seen over Switzerland and Spain also reported the event.
On February 27th, 2017, a very bright fireball shot was observed, filmed, and reported to the IMO/AMS via the Fireball Report Form. Videos of the event shows it lasted more than 6 seconds, and was easily visible from city center.
There are several observers also noted that they could see for a short moment like in daytime. It shows the meteor must have been brighter than mag. -12. But not only did this fireball shot lit up the texan skies. It was also observed from Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma. It also produce a loud noise that was widely heard. And alerted people, who called the police and fire stations, thinking it could be an accidental explosion, report said.
The real origin of the whole phenomenon is a large (dozens of centimeters wide) piece of interplanetary rock. It entered the Earth atmosphere at around 02h 55min UT (08:55 pm CST), on February 27th night. And the perceived sound was created when the meteoroid started entering the lowest parts of the atmosphere, according to International Meteor Organization sightings report.
What is a fireball?
A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.
Individual reports are shared with other interested organizations, and saved for statistical study purposes. Reports are also shared with the general public in the form of our Fireball Sightings Log, which allows visitors to monitor the fireball activity which is reported to us from across North America, over the course of a given year.