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Puerto Rico, US Territory

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Meteor Flash

Weather Channel Reported Flash North of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Fireball Ended Over the Atlantic Ocean

January 17, 2020 5:30 PM AST – U.S. Government Sensors detected a 0.3-kiloton event 100 km off the north coast of Puerto Rico. Although there were almost certainly meteorites dropped by this event, they are now lost under several kilometers of Atlantic Ocean water. Just north of Puerto Rico is the Puerto Rico Trench, the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean, at over 7 km in depth.

Date/Time:2020-01-17 21:29:49 UTC
Location:100km N of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Peak Intensity Coordinates:19.4 °N 66.0°W Google Map
Dark Flight Altitude:14.5 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:0.29 kilotons TNT
Mass / Diameter Estimate:10,000 kg / 1.8 meters
Entry Speed:15.53 km/s
Bearing:301.5° WNW
Slope:41.4° from vertical
Event Record(s): NASA ARES Puerto Rico
AMS Event 338-2020
CNEOS Database

Event Videos

The videos shown here were submitted on other websites, credited below.

© Rafael E. – Video from Caguas, Puerto Rico, submitted to the American Meteor Society
The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) posted this satellite imagery of the flash on Twitter
A nice view of the meteor from San Juan, captured by Tanzila Awan (@tanzila_awan)
Video captured by LOUI (@LouisVtweeter) on Twitter
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