[meteorite-list] Time of 30 May 2012 meteor over northern California

From: Rob Matson <mojave_meteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:51:21 -0700
Message-ID: <GOEDJOCBMMEHLEFDHGMMIEMOEOAA.mojave_meteorites_at_cox.net>

Hi All,

I have a time on that CA fall on 30 May 2012 that Dirk Ross
posted about a couple days ago. It was between 1:43 and
1:44 am PDT (8:43-8:44 GMT). I've searched for it in radar
data, but did not find anything that was unambiguously the
bolide. Perhaps Marc Fries will have better luck. Location
is northeastern California -- more north than Lake Tahoe,
and definitely on the California side of the CA/NV border.
Probably goes without saying that it was nowhere near as
big as the Sutter's Mill fall.

A post-mortem on the witness reports:

#1: Maranda Sacramento, CA 01:44 AM PST 2 sec North to South
Neon Green sun. Looked like a neon green ribbon zigzagging
then went dark.
(Maranda was the only one with the correct time -- assuming
you correct her timezone from PST to PDT. The north-to-south
direction is probably wrong.)

#2: Russ Merced, CA 95340 1:50:00 One Mississippi Star fell
downward Bright royal blue & yellow, with a long tail.
Thought it was a firework. None that I saw no other.
(No useful directional information.)

#3: Danny, Sacramento, CA approx 0130-0200 4 to 5 seconds
west i think i saw what looked like a green tail it was huge
sun no it was amazing.
(Direction he observed it was most definitely NOT in the
west; I suppose from his vantage point it could have
appeared to be moving toward the west from the north-

#4: Dustin McFall, Yuba City, CA. 1:50:00 1sec south to north
bright white/blue with orange sparks when exploded same as
lightning it exploded at the end and parts went everywhere.
(South to north is possible; report of fragmentation is
promising for meteorite generation.)

#5: Kami, Copperopolis, 1:40:00 around 4 sec from right to
left in a down angle red,white,blue no sound but it look to
be a brighter flash halfway thru. 3-4 times brighter than
the brightest star i can see no, i could not see any parts
falling i was standing on our back porch smoking a
cigarette and i saw a super bright light move from right
to left in a downward motion... halfway thru the movement
there was a flash that was brighter that the meteor itself.
(the first useful/believable report in terms of the apparent
motion of the meteor. From her vantage point, the meteor
would have been to her north or north-northeast.)

#6: Chris, Clovis, CA 1:55am (aprox.) 1 second NE Bright
electric blue, disappeared behind tree on the horizon. a
little brighter than the moon. No tail was observed. Just
a blue ball falling. descent was more vertical. No pictures.
(His NE direction would have you believe it fell over
northern Nevada, but it definitely fell over California.)

Received on Sat 02 Jun 2012 05:51:21 PM PDT

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