Thursday night of this past week ended up bringing the beauty and glitter of an unexpected meteor shower which lit up the skies in nearly a dozen states. The shower was spotted all the way from Wisconsin down to South Carolina. One person, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who saw one of the meteorites, described it as having a large yellow tail and that it appeared to be streaking right over that city. The viewer also stated that it was turned in such a way that it looked like it was almost going to crash right down in the middle of Virginia Beach itself.
Many individuals got on Twitter to talk about their own sighting of the shower. It unexpectedly started a few minutes after 7 p.m. EST, and had meteors shimmered in different colors of green, blue and white. In Maryland, another individual stated that the meteor she saw almost seemed to look like some sort of plane that had caught on fire. What that person saw was almost surely a one of the meteors which was categorized by the American Meteor Society as being one of the fireballs that rained down on the Earth Thursday evening. A fireball is basically a piece of ice or rock that comes from space which ends up shining even more brightly than Venus as it reaches its end in a fiery blaze in the Earth’s atmosphere.
By Friday morning the meteor shower had gotten nearly 160 reports on Twitter. They all were turned into the American Meteor Society.
Reports also came in from North Carolina to Vermont and the organization was reported as saying there must have been around 200 fireball meteors, that had come into the atmosphere and were seen shooting across the sky that night.
Another witness said that the meteor he saw went by very quickly and was far brighter than any other meteors he had ever seen. It almost looked like some sort of fast flying green flare. One viewer from Maryland stated that the fireball she saw first appeared as a flash then followed a trail of light. Se said it appeared to be blue and extremely bright. It also disappeared very quickly. She added that it was the brightest shooting star she had ever saw as well, and that it looked like it was flying straight toward the ground in a vertical fashion.
Yet one more viewer tweeted that she believed the fireball she saw became a meteorite and had actually slammed into the ground. But there was no actual proof of this found. In Washington D.C., Greg Chester from the United States Naval Observatory explained that the meteors were all most likely considered to be fireballs from the way the respective witnesses described the ones they saw.
He explained that fireballs were actually very common and that they are able to be seen well on very clear nights. They most usually get lots of publicity when they occur. So a lot of people were paying attention on Thursday night when the unexpected meteor shower hit. It lit up the skies in nearly a dozen states, being seen all the way from Wisconsin down to South Carolina
By Kimberly Ruble