Hundreds of people across the Northeast United States observed a fireball, a very bright meteor, streaking through the sky at around 6:16 p.m. last Saturday, local media outlets reported.
The bright meteor was mainly visible in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and parts of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ontario, Washington, D.C., and the District of Columbia.
The several hundred people who witnessed the meteor included Alex Salvador, who was driving in Falls Churs area of Virginia at the time. He captured the bright meteor’s dazzling descent on his car dashboard camera.
When asked for a comment, Salvador said, “Startling. Even unnerving, maybe … It seemed close, big, and definitely on fire with a tail.”
When experts contacted, they said it was not a surprise at all that witnesses were able to clearly see the fireball with the naked eye because a fireball is many times brighter than the planet Venus.
Meteoroids, which are significantly smaller than asteroids, are small rocky and metal bodies travelling through space. When a meteoroid enters Earth’s atmosphere, aerodynamic heating burns the object, making it to produce a streak of light. The phenomenon is called meteor or shooting star.
The ParentHerald notes that, many witnesses across the Northeast U.S. observed the very bright meteor flying through the Northeast sky Saturday evening. Alex Salvador spotted the fireball while he was driving in Falls Church, Virginia.
The meteor had a tail and was on fire. It was big and seemed close. Salvador also described his sighting on Twitter as “something burning up, falling around the DC”. Another witness, Adrian Burns, was able to get video footage of the meteor while driving in Lancaster, Ohio.
In a statement provided to ABC News, a number of witnesses across the Northeast U.S. observed a fireball, otherwise known as a very bright meteor, flying through the sky at approximately 6:16 p.m. Saturday evening.
Alex Salvador was driving in Falls Church, Virginia, when he spotted the fireball and was able capture it on his dashcam.
“Startling. Even unnerving, maybe,” Salvador told ABC News of the sighting. “It seemed close, big, and definitely on fire with a tail.”
Witnesses say a possible fireball has been seen in the sky above Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Video captured by Alexander Salvador on a dashcam at 6:17 p.m. Saturday shows a streak streaming through the sky above Falls Church, Virginia. Observers described it as “huge” and “very bright” but then noted it fizzled, disintegrating into fragments. According to NASA, a fireball is an unusually bright meteor that reaches a specific brightness, according to a report from the WashingtonPost.