Junction City, Georgia, USA – September 26, 2022, 12:04 AM local time, cameras belonging to the American Meteor Society and the NASA ASGARDThe NASA All-Sky Fireball Network is a network of cameras provided by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO), for the purpose of understanding the flux of meteors into the Earth's atmosphere... Networks detected a meteor fireball over western Georgia, coming in at a steep angle ovewr Junction City.
Meteorites were located two days later by Pat Branc, using AMS camera and Doppler data. Jim Goodall at Strewnify was able to match the find locations, using the trajectory provided by NASA. Refer to the sections below for details and search maps, which you can download to Google Earth.
2022-09-26 04:04:48 UTC
76 km WSW of Macon, Georgia
26.92 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:
< 1 tonne TNT / < 25 kg
BearingThe direction of travel of the meteoroid, relative to the ground, in clockwise degrees from North. The terms "heading" and "bearing" may be used interchangeably for projectile motion.:
At least one video of the event was captured and posted online.
As Hurricane Ian makes landfall on the Florida coast, a new meteorite has made landfall in western Georgia! Pat Branch made the first finds on Wednesday, September 28th, a 419 gram encrusted individual and a 230 gram stone fractured on the road into many pieces. The material appears to be H Chondrite, similar to Chelyabinsk and Ash Creek.
Over the next few days, meteorite hunters descended on Junction City, despite the impending hurricane and several more specimens were located and the search continues.
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Trajectory data provided by NASA was run through the StrewnLABA computer simulation program, written by Jim Goodall. For more information, please visit the StrewnLAB Page. software to predict a search area. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for detailed maps of the search area.
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.
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