Fireball Caught on Tape in the Central Virginia Skies

July 20, 2014 10:03 PM

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Fireball Caught on Tape in the Central Virginia Skies

The American Meteor Society “Fireball Page” constantly provides with updates sent from concerned citizens. They include sightings of meteors and other objects in the sky. The organization encourages visitors to report anything unusual, and recount as many details as possible (example: brightness, length across the sky, duration, color etc.). The Fireball Page exploded today after reports of a huge fireball sighted in Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania started rolling in. The reports came faster than any other sightings in the past few months.

But how exactly does one identify a meteor, in order to properly report it? According to the American Meteor Society, a meteroid represents a “small” chunk of rock or ice that floats around space until it collides with the Earth’s atmosphere. Once this happens, a light effect takes place, and the ro...

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