Pre-A/CC Asteroid/Comet News

Links to some news events in minor object history before the Asteroid/Comet Connection began regular reporting in March 2002. This page is initially being used mainly to publish an accumulation of links to bolide/fireball events.

Updated: 22 July 2003
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8 November 1999

Atmospheric explosion over northern Germany. See A/CC report on Infrasound observation.

16 November 1999

Just after 6pm Central Time, "an extraordinary fireball" blazed across the evening sky over the U.S. Midwest. See Science@NASA's 17 Nov. 1999 report, "Huge Fireball Dazzles Midwest."

5 December 1999

Goodwater bolide aka trans-Alabama super bolide – A fireball crossed Alabama, lighting up the night sky early on a Sunday. See items in the Cambridge Conference Correspondence editions for 7 Dec. 1999, text of an MSNBC/WVTM-TV report, and 17 July 2003, notes about an article coauthored by David King. See also the U.S. DoD report, disputed by King, dated 16 March 2000 in Peter Brown's archive.

18 January 2000

Yukon fireball & Tagish Lake strewn field
(updated 22 July 2003) At about 8:43am local time on 18 Jan. 2000, a fireball was seen across the Yukon and from parts of Alaska and British Columbia. It was also heard and was recorded by seismographs, and some witnesses even reported a smell. Seven days later, remnants were found and preserved in excellent condition, and hailed by scientists as one of the most pristine, and most primitive, meteorite finds ever.

    Main page News coverage (newest first) Scientific references
    • Hiroi, T., M.E. Zolensky & C.M. Pieters. Sept. 2001. The Tagish Lake meteorite: A possible sample from a D-type asteroid. Science 293(5538):2234-2236
    • U.S. DoD report, dated 19 Jan. 2000, in Peter Brown's archive

    25 August 2000

    Atmospheric explosion over the Pacific Ocean. See A/CC report on Infrasound observation.

    25 January 2001

    A fireball was seen over Alberta southeast of Edmonton just after sunset, and was captured on video by the University of Alberta All-Sky Camera Group, as reported on a page with video links, and in a school news item, "'Low-tech' camera."

    23 April 2001

    Atmospheric explosion over the Pacific Ocean. See A/CC report on Infrasound observation.

    23 July 2001

    The Great Daylight Fireball: A widely viewed bolide flew much of the length of Pennsylvania after 6pm, causing an atmospheric explosion that broke windows. There is a scientific controversy over whether this event could have and did cause a fire (see item from David T. King in Cambridge Conference Correspondence for 17 July 2003).

    • CNN 24 July article, "Meteorite leaves trail of fire, confusion"
    • Science@NASA's 27 July report, "Meteorites Don't Pop Corn"
    • Geology professor Keith Shepard's eyewitness account and investigation

    17 August 2001

    Described as the brightest fireball over Colorado in recorded history, [it] fell nearly vertically over the San Luis Valley at 10:44 PM. See Chris Peterson's August 17, 2001 Fireball page, and also his Meteor Research page with a map of the path according to witness reports.

    14 October 2001

    Alberta fireball: A daylight fireball from a meteor estimated at one to ten tons was heard and seen from Alberta and British Columbia around 2:30pm local time on 14 Oct. 2001. It exploded, probably over Banff National Park, with pieces believed to have survived to land somewhere near Lake Louise.

      News reports (newest first)

      27 October 2001

      North Sea bolide over the northern end of the English Channel. See Laslo Evers' report.

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