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Initial Meteor Sighting Reports-
22OCT2013 david wentworth benicia, CA 20:00 PM usa pacific time less than a minute United States bright white, either very large or very close- greenish, but mainly bright white -no sound brighter than a firework one fragment noted it was big
22OCT2013 Brian O'Hara Lafayette, California, USA 8:00 PM PDT 15 East to West White Ball with Yellow/Orange Tail Brightest object in night sky Started creating a trail, near end I saw at least one large fragment split from main rock Bearing was south, saw it from behind the trees and was able to watch it go at 60 to 75 degrees from horizon.
22OCT2013 Sharon Stockton, CA, USA 19:56/PST, PM 3 N, L-R, N Blue fireball, yellow tail sun no large 22OCT2013 Jennifer Fairfield, CA 19:55:00 2 United States Yellow, Orange, and blue no sound other then dogs barking Brighter then the moon Unsure Way cool
22OCT2013 Joey Davis San Jose, CA 19:55 PST 3-4 seconds before it disappeared behind the trees East to West bright white and orange bright as the moon it seemed so it was as bright as the moon but not nearly as big. Probably half the size of the full moon in the sky. it was definitely flaming and it seemed like there was a trail behind it. It was also very low as it flew over me.
22OCT2013 Ethan Stanford, California, USA 7:54PM Pacific 5 seconds 8:00:00 blue moon yes at the end it could have been a firework it was so bright, but i think it was a meteor
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Meteor was first seen at 02:53:59.5 UT (19:53:59 local time)
Entered Earth atmosphere with speed 17.3 km/s
Trajectory came from the East.
Arrived from a direction Right Ascension = 26.5 degree, Declination = +11.2 degrees, near the star o Piscium.
First seen at 87.8 km altitude, at Lat = +37.636N, Long = 121.8092W.
Trajectory was shallow: inclined by 19.5 degrees with horizontal.
Was tracked by CAMS camera 213 down to 60.9 km at Lat = 37.6475N Long = 122.6466W.
The meteoroid penetrated well below that.
Meteoroid pre-atmospheric orbit had the following properties:
low-inclined orbit: inclination = 3.8 degrees
Short orbit: semi-major axis = 1.15 AU
Low perihelion distance = 0.653 AU
According to Jenniskens, based on these preliminary results this was not a member of the Taurid shower, but likely a rock of asteroidal origin. Sadly, any surviving meteorites would have landed in the Pacific Ocean.
The meteoroid originated from the Oort cloud and approached Earth on a shallow 19 +/- 7 degrees inclined orbit, moving in opposite direction around the Sun. On Thursday morning, while approaching it's nearest point to the Sun at 0.98 +/- 0.03 Astronomical Units, it found Earth in its way. It approached from the direction of the constellation Virgo, and collided head-on with the Earth at a location just north of Yosemite National Park, entering Earth's atmosphere at the fastest possible entry speed of 72 +/- 6 km/s (= 45 miles/s, or 160 thousand miles per hour). Moving towards Lake Tahoe, the small comet then penetrated to lower elevations where it fully disrupted in the atmosphere.