Around 200 people reported seeing the fireball streak across the sky over states in the Northeast, which was likely a bright meteor.
A super-bright meteorite streaked across the Northeast on Wednesday during the afternoon, and nearly 200 people spotted the fireball. The American Meteor Society reports that people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Delaware witnessed the incredible sight.
It happened in the run-up to the Orionid meteor shower, as particles from Haley’s Comet streak through our atmosphere late Friday night and into early Saturday morning. Video of the incredible sight is embedded at the bottom of this post.
A meteor is a rocky or metallic body that originated in outer space. Meteoroids are much smaller than asteroids, and can be as small as grain to an object a meter wide. When they collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, the friction causes the meteorite to burn brightly and usually evaporate before reaching the ground.