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Scipioville Meteor

Scipioville, New York, USA – December 2, 2020, 12:07 PM local time, hundreds of people across the northeastern US reported seeing a daylight fireball, ending in two bright flashes. The GOES-16 weather satellite detected these bright flashes and NASA estimated the entry speed at 20 km/s, ending 30 miles SW of Syracuse, New York.

Our team has analyzed the data, and although the meteor was travelling relatively fast, Doppler radar indicates that there could be meteorites on the ground! Now it is a race with the weather to find the little black rocks, before the snow comes!

Entry Date/Time:2020-12-02 17:07:00 UTC
Location:50km SW of Syracuse
Reference Coordinates:42.87°N, -76.63°W
Reference Altitude:20 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:0.1kt /1000kg
Reference Speed:25.0 km/s
Bearing:230° SW
Slope:55° from vertical
TKW:none
Classification:unknown
Event Links:NASA ARES
Skarby Kosmosu
AMS

Video and News

There were several videos captured, mostly by the Norwegian Meteor Camera Network, that were useful in determining the trajectory of the meteor. These videos were also found on YouTube.

Bekka Gunner captured the meteor while dogsledding in Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area, near Wolcottsville, NY

Search Efforts

This was a fairly large event, but no fragments have yet been found. Even in the pandemic, you can expect an event of this size to attract meteorite hunters from all over the USA, if they can get to New York.

IMPORTANT NOTE: New York state is under strict quarantine at the this time, please read the travel advisory before making travel arrangements.

New York State Travel Advisory

If you would like to join the search and future events in this region, please join the Facebook group:



StrewnLAB Search Area

A trajectory has been estimated from video and GOES-16 satellite imagery, and this data has been run through the StrewnLAB software to predict a search area. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for detailed maps of the search area. Data analysis for this event continues and NASA has also provided a search area here, with the Doppler radar overlay: NASA Ares Search Area

Even though the StrewnLAB prediction indicates the best search area is west of the lake, Doppler hits are mostly on the east side. Refer to the NASA site for Doppler data.

StrewnLAB Predicted Search Area V1
Critical Search Area V1, Doppler data has not yet been publicly released, but inside sources indicate the east side of the lake is best.

Weather Data

The weather data below is sourced from weather balloons, and publicly available via NOAA’s Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive (IGRA). This data is downloaded and post-processed by the StrewnLAB algorithm, to account for changing weather patterns and weather balloon drift. The plots have altitude on the y-axis, in kilometers above sea level. The wind speed below 10km has large effect on the drift of meteorites.

Moderate wind from the northwest will push fragments southeast of the meteor path

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