A fireball crossed the sky on Sunday, according to eyewitnesses in the northeastern United States and parts of Canada.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) said on Facebook that it had received more than 100 reports that a fireball had been seen over Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and the Canadian province of Québec around 5: 38 p.m. ET on March 7. .
NASA Meteor Watch said it had also received reports of the fireball, with analysis showing that the meteor occurred over northern Vermont, first appearing at an elevation of 52 miles over Mount Mansfield State Forest in northern Vermont. condition.
The meteor moved northeast at around 47,000 miles per hour, traveling 33 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere before burning 33 miles over Beach Hill in Orleans County, Vermont.
NASA said Meteor Watch hoped to refine the trajectory of the meteor as it received more reports from the public.
Fireball is another term for a very bright meteor. They are typically brighter than magnitude -4, which is roughly the same for the planet Venus seen in the morning or afternoon sky, according to AMS.
Meteorites, known colloquially as shooting stars, are the rays of light that we see in the sky when space rocks (asteroids or meteoroids) enter Earth’s atmosphere.
Some witnesses reported hearing a loud bang in addition to seeing the meteor, which was visible for only a few seconds.
A Facebook user, Werner Bartlau, said in response to NASA’s Meteor Watch post: “I heard the roar in North Cambridge [Massachusetts]He thought it might be the F35s working again, which a half dozen or more did this morning. I didn’t think anything of it, other than that it didn’t last long. “
Another Facebook user, CJ Hudson, had a similar experience. He said: “We hear a sonic boom followed by a diminishing boom coming from the north to the northeast of here in the northeast corner of Bristol. [Connecticut]. I thought it sounded a little abnormal. “
Another witness, Shannon Lemley-Willis, in Johnson, Vermont, said her children were playing outside when the fireball passed overhead, and her children described the noise as “big trucks crashing.”
Meanwhile, witness Loretta King, who was in St. Albans, Vermont, at the time, said she was in her car and saw the yellowish glow of what she thought was a “missile in the sky,” and described the viewed as “amazing.”
Some cameras even managed to capture images of the fireball. For example, Twitter user Jeremy LaClair saw the meteor in images captured by a webcam at Burlington International Airport.