Preliminary results on the trajectory and orbit of the California fireball of 2013 October 22th

2013, Oct 23 - A bright fireball was seen by many in the Bay Area this evening around 19:54 local time in California. Bryant Grigsby reported that it caught his attention by the shadows it cast on a wall in front of him. Karen Randall described it as green, fragmenting towards the end. At the College of San Mateo, Daryl Stanford said: "It started out bluish white, then turned green; and it finally seemed to spiral and fragment at the end." Indications are that this meteor ended over the ocean. Nevertheless, the CAMS records are being collected. The first in is that of station 213 (Dave Samuels in Brentwood), shown in the picture above. The meteor left the field of view at the bottom, only the beginning part is shown. Keep tuned for a trajectory solution and updates.

Combining the Sunnyvale camera 53 astrometry with results from the 213 camera in Brentwood provides the following **preliminary** solution from triangulation (calculations by Peter Jenniskens, SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center, based on observations by CAMS project participants Dave Samuels and Jim Albers)

According to Jenniskens, based on these preliminary results this was not a member of the Taurid shower, but likely a rock of asteroidal origin. Sadly, any surviving meteorites would have landed in the Pacific Ocean.

Preliminary results on the trajectory and orbit available on