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Prescott, Arizona, USA

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Robert Ward

Prescott, ARIZONA – February 16, 2020, 7:17 AM local time, a meteor fireball occurred over central Arizona, waking some residents in the Prescott area with a loud sonic boom!

Date/Time: 02/16/2020 14:17:25 UTC
Location:40km WNW of Prescott, Arizona
Reference Coordinates:34.818°N 112.534°W
Reference Altitude:28.9 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:~0.01kt / 120kg
Reference Speed:~23 km/s
Bearing:252° WSW
Slope:69° from vertical
Event Links:AMS Event 795-2020

Video and News

World-famous meteorite hunter, Robert Ward, heard the sonic boom and photographed the persistent train of the meteor, from his home near Prescott, Arizona. Robert speculated that the meteoroid may be the size of microwave oven, but we at Strewnify are hoping for a commercial washer or possibly a refrigerator.

Search Efforts

If you are interested in searching for meteorites from this event, please join this Facebook group, which will be used to coordinate public meteorite search efforts in the area:

StrewnLAB Results & Data

A strewn field map has been generated for this event. You can download the KMZ file for import to Google Earth as well.

Prescott StrewnLAB V3
Prescott Probability Search Map V3 – the white rectangles are Doppler radar hits
Doppler radar detected some material falling to the ground. We have predicted where the material fell, based on wind conditions. The white area includes the full range of possibility and the yellow area is the most likely.

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