Blazing Meteor Fireball Lights Up Northeastern US Skies

Posted: May 21 2016, 10:34am CDT | by , Updated: May 22 2016, 12:51pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Blazing Meteor Fireball Lights Up Northeastern US Skies
Courtesy of American Meteor Society

Fireball was seen across the northeastern United States including Portland, New Jersey and New York.

On Tuesday (May 17), a blazing meteor streaked across the skies of northeastern United States and it looked like a giant fireball piercing through a cloud. As soon as the incredible event took place, American Meteor Society received hundreds of reports of the sightings from nine US states including Maine and New York and two Canadian provinces.  

“The fireball was seen primarily from Maine but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada) also reported the event.” AMS wrote in their blog.

The event was captured on video at around 12:50 a.m. from across northeastern United States but this particular one is recorded by a police dash cam when officers from Portland Police Department in Maine were on a routine patrolling when they saw a bright, burning mass hurtling through the night sky.

“It was the most impressive one we’ve ever seen.” Police Sergeant Tim Farris said.

The location and trajectory of fireball was also estimated. This is usually done on the reports that are received.

“Based on hundreds of eyewitness accounts collated and analyzed by the American Meteor Society, it’s clear that the meteoroid entered Earth’s atmosphere over Maine and its terminal explosion occurred about 30 kilometers west of Rangeley, Maine.” Barbra Barrett, director of Maine Mineral and Gem Museum said.

Everyday several thousands of meteor falls into Earth’s atmosphere but most of them went unnoticed. They are either too small to see, burns up in the sky, lands on uninhabited areas or hit the ground on daytime. But the one seen over the Portland was extremely bright and these very bright meteors are known as fireballs.

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