“Bright as day”: over the United States again flew a giant meteor
A bright trace in the sky was visible in a dozen States.
18 APR 2019 15:58
Tuesday over the United States flew an unusually bright meteor. His blue-green trail was visible across the East coast.
Don’t worry, if you live along the East Coast and saw a bright blue/green light streaking across the sky last night; you’re not crazy. #GOESEast”s Geostationary Lightning Mapper saw the #meteor too! More imagery: https://t.co/1vd48CRq4K pic.twitter.com/Ry0Ntpz2EE
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) 17 APR 2019
The American meteor society (The American Meteor Society, AMS) received 325 messages. People described the “celestial guest” as a huge glowing ball, similar to ball lightning. For a moment, “night became bright as day.”
Meteor captured by my camera over the Chesapeake Bay/ mouth of the Potomac in the Northern Neck of Virginia. #meteor @capitalweather @WTOP @wusa9 @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/BPePFwDXe5
— jimdurrett (@jimdurrett) 17 APR 2019
NASA experts klassificeret meteor as a fireball or even superbolid: its brightness is more than 4.7 magnitude, that is, it is brighter than the planet Venus. By combining the data of eyewitnesses, scientists say that the earth’s atmosphere he went over the state of new Jersey, 90 kilometers from the shoreline and ended up on Virginia. Phenomenal brightness allowed to watch it on a huge territory, from South Carolina to new Hampshire.
“It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Probably, I won’t be so lucky, but now I’m hooked and I’ll wait for the meteors every night!”, – a resident of Virginia.
The day the Earth falls 5-6 tons of meteorites, or 2 thousand tons a year. Most of them go unnoticed, but recently the US was seen as a bright celestial body.