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January 29, 2023


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Florence, Texas, USA

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Florence Meteor

Florence, Texas, USA – Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 6:46 PM local time, A small meteor fireball was observed heading northeast at 13 km/s, and ending at a height of 43 km, above the town of Florence, Texas.

No Doppler hits were detected, but there is still a chance that meteorites reached the ground. Refer to the sections below for details and search maps, which you can download to Google Earth.

Entry Date/Time:2023-01-11 00:46:37 UTC
End Location:30km S of Fort Hood
Endpoint Coordinates:30.8449°N, 97.8776°W
Reference Altitude:43 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:< 6 tonne TNT / < 200 kg
Reference Speed:12 km/s
Bearing:51° NE
Slope:39° from vertical
Estimated Strewn Mass:< 20 kg
Event Links:AMS Event 172-2023

News and Video

Many videos of this event were captured and posted online.

Video posted to AMS, from New Ulma, Texas

© Valerie Bujan of Cypress TX

Search Efforts

Search efforts went underway as early as January 12th. The search area is very large, due to lack of good video data and view angles.

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StrewnLAB Search Area

We have solved several iterations of a trajectory solution, based on the videos. The latest trajectory solution was run through the StrewnLAB software to predict the search area shown below. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for detailed maps of the search area.

The trajectory solution was derived from video data and 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.

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.

Light winds from the W cause some eastward drift

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