Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Fireball over the Eastern Great Lakes region.

The American Meteor Society has received reports of a bright fireball meteor being seen over parts of the Eastern Great Lakes region slightly after 10.35 pm on Tuesday 4 October 2016 Eastern Daylight Time (slightly after 2.35 am on Wednesday 5 October GMT). The majority of the reports came from the Canadian state of Ontario, but sightings were also reported from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington DC, Michigan, West Virginia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Virginia and Québec. A fireball is defined as a meteor (shooting star) brighter than the planet Venus. These are typically caused by pieces of rock burning up in the atmosphere, but can be the result of man-made space-junk burning up on re-entry.

 Animation of the 4 October fireball made using still photographs taken at the University of Toronto Scarborough Observatory. American Meteor Society.

Objects of this size probably enter the Earth's atmosphere several times a year, though unless they do so over populated areas they are unlikely to be noticed. They are officially described as fireballs if they produce a light brighter than the planet Venus. It is possible that this object will have produced meteorites that reached the surface (an object visible in the sky is a meteor, a rock that falls from the sky and can be physically held and examined is a meteorite).

Witness reports can help astronomers to understand these events. If you witnessed this fireball you can report it to the American Meteor Society here.

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