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27 April 2009
Significant Fireball Near Gallup, New Mexico 26APR09
Gallup Fireball Photo by Thomas Ashcraft (c) 2009
Significant Fireball : April 26, 2009 0604 UT(4 minutes after midnight MDT)
by Thomas Ashcraft
There was a significant fireball last night in the vicinity of Gallup, New Mexico, possibly into eastern Arizona.
It was at the edge of my all-sky camera field of view but made a terminal flash possibly full Moon magnitude or brighter.
I hope to hear further reports. I posted some movies with two types of radio reception at the time of the meteor. One is 61.250 MHz forward scatter which produced a good radio reflection. The other movie is ELF/VLF reception. It is *not *conclusive but there is an interesting enhancement of noise at a mid-flare point of the meteor ( 3 seconds into the movie).
There does not appear to be any noise enhancement at the final large terminal burst however. Hence, this specimen fireball becomes another possible ELF/VLF reception but due to dense coincident sferics it is not absolutely provable.
I am still waiting for a big one directly overhead.
Source: Thomas Ashcraft
Radio Fireball Observatory