[meteorite-list] Minor planet impactor witnessed over Botswana

From: Mike Hankey <mike.hankey_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2018 07:35:47 -0400
Message-ID: <CAJak_qXgTAfOqNFKS_asvtDDktwbG_=rBG2C=Oes5g2u=c=y7g_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hey Rob,

Nice find. A few more reports have come in, one with a nice video.


The tractor shed seen in the video, I believe is just 200 meters south
of the witness reported location. Looking at the surrounding buildings
I'm pretty sure this is it. The lat/lon for the building in the video
is: -26.743427? 26.222917?



On Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 8:22 PM, Matson, Rob D. via Meteorite-list
<meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Catalina Sky Survey has done it again -- discovery of an impacting NEO, this time
> just 8 1/2 hours prior to impact. CSS discovered the NEO at 8:14 UT today (1:14 am
> MST), and a bright vapor trail was seen to the north of observer Dhiraj S in Botswana
> (24? 37' 21'' S, 25? 54' 57'' E) at 16:44 UT, consistent with both the time and location
> of the asteroid's predicted trajectory:
> http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/report/142364
> Bill Gray's time/location plot for predicted impact:
> https://projectpluto.com/temp/z.png
> Yellow cross-hairs are the observer's location. Asteroid size pretty similar to that of
> impactor 2008 TC3 that ultimately resulted in meteorites recovered from Almahata
> Sitta in northern Sudan. Unfortunately, due to the short time between discovery and
> impact, very few observations (12?) made of the impacting body (temporary designation
> ZLAF9B2) on this occasion. Compare that with almost 800 observations of 2008 TC3.
> --Rob
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