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On Long Island, NY approx 12:50 p.m.(feel like I'm crazy) I just saw a huge fireball, silvery metallic long bright tail headed almost directly down seemed to disappear right above roof and tree tops. I pulled over and waiting to hear an explosion or at least smell smoke or something.
A daytime fireball seen today from Philadelphia and other parts of the east coast turned heads and made waves. Over 20 AMS reports were filed within an hour of the fall and almost all of them put the space rock somewhere in the Atlantic.
The image below represents the plotting of the witness reports received by the AMS website in the first hour of this fall. 20+ reports in 1 hour for a daytime fireball, means this was a significant meteor event. The red person icon means the witness saw the meteor traveling left to right. The green icon means the person saw the meteor traveling right to left. The green line is the direction the witness first saw the fireball. The yellow line is where they last saw it. The red line is my ‘quick guess’ at the path of this fireball based on early reports.
i think it probaly went in the ocean inless it was very close witch it appeard with small boom after it hit.
All I can say is Wow! What a rush! I have no idea the size of this thing but I could imagine this object migth be the size of a gof ball. The bal of fire and tail could not have been missed. When I was driving, it got my attention very quickly in spite of the fact that I was merging into the highway.
Having seen many "shooting stars" in the past at night, this sighting was impressive in the brightness and size of the flash. Would appreciate any feedback/information concerning others' sightings on this date and time. Am certain of time (12:37 pm) as I glanced at dashboard clock immediately after sighting.
Spectacular meteor 'fireball' explosion over Britain leaves stargazers buzzing ahead of Geminid space shower
The “very bright” meteor lit up the skies from Somerset to Aberdeen, leaving the astronomy world abuzz.
Despite lasting just five seconds, witnesses thought they were watching a rare meteor shower because it was such a dazzling display.
But experts told The Daily Telegraph that the meteor, estimated to be the size of a football and travelling from east to west, was a “bolide” or “super fireball”.
It left a green tail in its wake after it burst into flames travelling through the earth’s atmosphere. It likely disintegrated before hitting the ground.
Scientists said the major space event, which occurred at 5.35pm, was a likely precursor to the annual Geminids meteor shower, which is considered to be the best display of the year.
Astronomers say next week’s impressive space display will produce up to 60 explosions an hour at its peak. It will combine with the only total lunar eclipse of the year.
Scientists say it most certainly was a large meteor, a piece of an asteroid or a comet that falls through the earth's atmosphere. This latest meteor, one scientist says, was probably the size of a car and from its trajectory likely landed somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.
I've seen many meteors in my time. All were at nig ht, red trails blue trails, but never any during the day, and never have I seen one create such a burst of energy like this.
This was the brightest daytime meteor I ever saw. Over 60 years
I cannot confirm it, but a co-worker reported her daughter called her, and said there was a field fire caused by a meteorite by Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk,Md. about 5 miles in the same direction from where I saw it descend.
Originally posted by Hundroid
reply to post by Erasurehead
I agree, but the miss distance is 7.2 lunar distances LD, quite a lot. It must be some other not-detected object.
Today up in north jersey (ledgewood area on rt.46) driving to work around 12:30-12:40 i saw what looked like someone shot a flare straight down at the ground about a half a mile ahead over the hill near the old hercules explosive facility. it was a bright electrical green color with a straight vertical tail that almost looked white. it went so fast i did a double take, it looked like someone dragging an object with a mouse down a computer screen really fast. i came into work super excited, it just wasn't something I have ever seen in the day time. Ive seen flares dropped and shot and ive seen fire works, this was nothing like that. it amazing to witness.