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9:35am — Sandia Sky Cam Captures Fireball

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Watch the meteor that streaked over Albuquerque's skies early Thursday.

If you didn't manage to wake up at 3:21 a.m. Thursday to see a spectacular meteor fireball streak across the sky from the south to north-northeast, you can see it captured by the sky camera at Sandia National Laboratories in this video link sent by Sandia senior engineer and veteran skywatcher Dick Spalding.

Spalding said the meteor was visible for nearly 12 seconds, a fairly long time, and that he heard a muffled boom when it passed over Albuquerque — adding that an eye/earwitness in Placitas reported an even louder boom.

The Sandia scientist said the fireball first appeared in the skies due south of Albuquerque at an elevation of about 20 or 25 degrees, then ended to the north-northeast at around 15 to 20 degrees elevation, reaching its highest elevation at about 60 degrees.

Sandia's sky camera is equipped with an extreme wide-angle lens that records the entire sky and the surrounding horizon, including the city lights ringing the perimeter of the image, according to a KRQE News 13 report. 

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