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Friday, March 22, 2013

Dramatic meteor streaks through evening sky

Meteor sightings reported from Florida to Massachusetts

A possible meteor has been spotted streaking through the sky over the East Coast, The American Meteor Society and Twitter users are reporting.
"It basically looked like a super bright shooting star," said Robert Lunsford, fireball coordinator for the society, based on the reports coming in to the organization's website. "I saw some people mentioning fragments and naturally every color of the rainbow."
The society, based in Geneseo, N.Y., was researching about 400 reports received as of about 10 p.m. ET Friday from nine East Coast States and Canada of sightings that took place somewhere shortly before 8 p.m. ET through shortly after 8 p.m. ET, Lunsford said. The number of reports marked a possible record over the number of reports the group received about a fireball that streaked over Baltimore on Halloween several years ago, Lunsford said.
Meantime, Twitter was exploding Friday evening with reports of meteor sightings from the South to New England.
Some Twitter users also reported that the meteor crashed somewhere near the Delaware-Maryland border, but the society had no information on that, Lunsford said. (@breakingweather) tweeted that there have been several unconfirmed reports of a large meteor being spotted from Florida to Massachusetts between 7:55 p.m. and 8:03 p.m. ET.

23 March 2013

Breaking News- MBIQ Detects NJ MD DC VT NY PA ME MA VA WV DE NC Bolide Fireball Meteor 22MAR2013

Breaking News- MBIQ Detects NJ MD DC VT NY PA ME MA VA WV DE NC Bolide 
Fireball Meteor 22MAR2013
Bright, long duration, fragmentation - Meteorites MAYBE!?
This was a MAJOR meteor event!  Seen in at least 12 STATES!
Map will be generated ASAP; given my time allowance; 
this will be in several hours given the volume of reports.

Temporary Map of Sightings Reported.  Sorry but
no time at the moment to create a  complete map.
v.1 C LunarMeteoriteHunter, Tokyo / Google Earth

Photo of Meteor:


Dramatic meteor streaks through evening sky

Heat map showing density of meteor sightings from the American Meteor Society, which has received over 300 reports from the East Coast.
Heat map showing density of meteor sightings from the American Meteor Society, which has received over 300 reports mostly along the East Coast.

Our social media feeds are being peppered by reports that a large, vibrant meteor shot through the sky shortly after 7:50 p.m.   The meteor traveled from west to east in the northeast sky eyewitnesses say.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 300 reports of the meteor from Florida to Maine, and over 50 reports from Canada.
(UPDATE, 10:45 p.m.) WUSA9 posted this video of the meteor, captured by a home security camera in Thurmont, Md.:

M L Anderson Relle: I saw it, around 7:50 pm, eastern sky, white streak turning to flash of green and careening to the ground. I am in western Montgomery County near the Potomac River. The dusky sky was too light for it to have been a shooting star, the object was also too big, I thought it was a crashing plane, it started out white and burst into green.
These accounts suggest this meteor met the criteria of a fireball: a larger than normal meteor. Here are some helpful details on fireballs from the AMS:
A fireball is a meteor that is larger than normal. Most meteors are only the size of tiny pebbles. A meteor the size of a softball can produce light equivalent to the full moon for a short instant. The reason for this is the extreme velocity at which these objects strike the atmosphere. Even the slowest meteors are still traveling at 10 miles per SECOND, which is much faster than a speeding bullet. Fireballs occur every day over all parts of the Earth.

Jason Samenow is the Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist and serves as the Washington Post's Weather Editor. He earned BA and MS degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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