A bright meteor briefly outshined the lights of New York City Friday evening (March 22), according to reports by witnesses who used Twitter and the Internet to report sightings of the fireball streaking over a broad stretch of the U.S. East Coast.
“Strange Friday night … ameteor passed over my house tonight!” wrote one New Yorker writing as Yanksmom19.
The first fireball sightings came at about 8 p.m. EDT (0000 March 23 GMT) and sparked more than 500 witness reports to the American Meteor Society. Reports of the meteor flooded Twitter from New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.
“The witnesses range from along the Atlantic Coast ranging from Maine to North Carolina,” Robert Lunsford, the society’s fireball coordinator, wrote in an update. “This object was also seen as far inland as Ohio.”
The CBS WUSA 9 television news station obtained several security camera videos of the fireball as it lit up the night sky over Washington and parts of Maryland.
In New York, some observers reported seeing the meteor low in the sky as it streaked from west to east across the night sky.
“It shot over Manhattan and broke up over the East Village,” observer Ross E. of New York City wrote in his fireball report to the meteor society. In fact, the meteor streaked across hundreds of miles and was visible from many states along the Eastern Seaboard.
Source: Live Science