It’s a bird, no it’s a plane, no it’s… a fireball. Yes, about 130 people from New Jersey to Middletown, CT watched in awe as a gigantic glowing rock zoomed across the sky. Wait, does this mean this is the official start of the dreaded alien invasion?
Thankfully, no. But, we all know who we’d want the aliens to take first when they do come to earth.
CT Post reports that the American Meteor Society confirmed that people saw a flying space rock and nothing more. Actually, this particular fireball just so happens to be a super rare occurrence, too. Apparently, brighter the ball, the rarer it is.
“The AMS has received over 130 reports so far about of a daytime fireball event seen above New York State on October 18, 2017 around 3 p.m. […] A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.”
Which is why this fireball is so incredibly rare. Thousands of meteors streak across the sky every day, but they have to burn at a certain intensity for the naked eye to see.
However, the AMS says this meteor is super rare due to how bright it was. This one happened to burn so intensely, people managed to not only catch its body, but also its tail.
Those who managed to spot the fireball say it was beautiful. A little intense, too.
Kayla B saw the meteor in West Haven and described it as a, “gorgeous green color, almost turquoise. very intense.” Scott of Milford backed Kayla up, “Very bright white ball with multi colored long burning like tail.”
Luckily, someone even managed to catch the phenomenon on video so we all can enjoy the sight.
The AMS can also tell us where this meteor came from. It broke off from the Orionids meteor shower that’s supposed to peak Friday night into Saturday morning. Don’t miss it since you can watch as many as 20 meteors an hour streak across the sky. Just look towards the Orion constellation for the show!
Did you see the fireball? Or, have you ever seen a meteor in the daytime? Let me know in the comments below