Photos of the Week
The students are participating in the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program and constitute one of nine teams from across the country participating in asteroid/lunar research projects that compete for a chance to present their work at the SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute) Forum at NASA Ames in July. Dr. Ryan Watkins (middle) is their mentor.
Clockwise from upper left: from a Glendale, WI, police dashcam, Plover, WI, police dashcam, Lisle, WI police dashcam, and from the roof of the Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences Building, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Yes, it was green. The fireball was reportedly see in several states. The American Meteor Society estimates that it was travelling SSE to NNE and likely plunked in Lake Michigan between Sheboygan and Manitowoc.
Last week the photo-of-the-week guy received this photo from a fellow who said, "On January 02, 2017 I was taking my children ice skating near my house in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and stumbled along a large 30’ hole in the ice. There were no tracks around the hole and it appears as if something from above struck the ice. The ice was approximately 10” thick. There were several small rocks laying on the surrounding ice which appears to be from the lake bottom as they has algae growing on them." It look like something big broke through the ice. But, short of a cold swim, there's no way I know to tell if was a meteorite or space junk. Wait until spring.
Photo credit: P. Watson