Meteorite Action!

1966-04-25 : Pennsylvania/New York (U.S.A)

Spatial and Temporal Informations

Place of observation
(Pennsylvania/New York, U.S.A)
Date of observation
April 25, 1966 19h 14mn 1mn LT
April 26, 1966 00h 14mn 1mn UT
Fireball duration
30 s
Terminal height of bolide
15 km
Terminal Coordinates
454'48" N, 7416'12" E
Trajectory slope (// horizontal)


Fireball taken by cameraman from Springfield, Massachusetts

Credit: George Gambino / Life Magazine
 George Gambino, a cameraman for station WWLP-TV,was returning from an assignment when he spotted a brilliant light streaking between the buildings of downtown and he shot a film with his 16mm Bolex camera

The fireball a fews seconds later

Credit: Geoges Gambino / Life Magazine
 At the beginind, the meteor looked like a fiery sphere with a twisted tail but it appeared to flicker and desintegrate into beads of light.

The meteore from Utica, N.Y.

Credit: Dana De-George / Life Magazine
 Dana De-george, a high school freshman, took this picture from his front yard. "It looked like a ball that you'd put gasoline on and lit," he said. "And it appeared to break in two just before it went out of sight,"

The bolide over Manhattan

Credit: William Copeland / Life Magazine
 In New York, 19-years-old William Copeland, a amateur photographer, was prowling along the Brooklyn waterfront and caught it's silvery trail etched against the orange sky over lower Manhattan.

Physical and kinetics Informations

Maximum absolute magnitude


The Fireball of April 25, 1966, I, Canadian Visual Observations
McIntosh, B. A.; Douglas, J. A. V.
Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 61 (1966), pp. 159 - 178