Meteorite fires on the east coast, numerous sightings in New Jersey

Meteorite fires on the east coast, numerous sightings in New Jersey

Meteorite fires on the east coast, numerous sightings in New Jersey



PHILADELPHIA (WPVI): Did you see the shooting star that lit up the sky on Tuesday night?

If so, what you really saw was a bunch of dust the size of a golf ball that has been in space for billions of years.

In the video obtained by Action News, the camera of Twitter user Steve Chazin captured what appears to be the meteor that crosses the sky on Tuesday night.

Chazin told Action News that this was taken while touring Route 50 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Almost at the same time, Action News received similar reports of possible meteor sightings in New Jersey.

Sean Finnegan caught him in his bell chamber in Egg Harbor Township.

"It was amazing! This was brighter than the moon," he said.

"What we saw in the video is what we call a sporadic fireball," said Derrick Pitts, the lead astronomer at the Franklin Institute.

Pitts explains that meteors are comet dust particles that enter the atmosphere.

"This is just a piece of space rock that enters the Earth's atmosphere, as it enters and warms up, it shines, we can see a lovely streak, then it disappears, typically," Pitts said.

The meteor that we saw on Tuesday night probably exploded into small pieces, without creating a crater in the ground. But it was much bigger than what we are used to seeing, which measures the size of a small stone. This meteor was probably the size of a golf ball.

If you missed the meteor, do not worry! There are meteor showers in our night sky from now until April 26.

The best night to observe the shooting stars will be this Monday until early Tuesday.

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