COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A widely seen bright flash just before 6:30 Wednesday morning that lit up the sky from the Ohio Valley to the East Coast was almost certainly a bright meteor.

Here’s a shot of the meteor flash from an camera in Columbus this morning.

Early Wednesday, a brilliant fireball was seen from southern Ontario across parts of Ohio and Kentucky, and east over the northern Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast.

Here’s a look at the meteor from approximately 6:25 a.m. heading east on I-70 just off of I-270. Video Credit: Francheska Welsh.

The annual Taurid meteor shower in autumn is associated with the passage of Earth through a wide stream of debris left over from Comet Encke. Dust striking Earth’s upper atmosphere around 65,000 mph burns up, creating faint streaks of light or meteors, also referred to as shooting stars.

A fireball is an especially bright meteor that happens when Earth moves through larger fragments around the size of of a pebble that burn up in the atmosphere and leave a glowing stream. A large fireball us commonly caused by a bigger piece of debris, roughly the size of a softball or larger, and may be associated with a swarm of meteors.

The South Taurids peak on Oct. 10 and the North Taurids peak on Nov. 12, a broad time frame indicative of a large stream of particles colliding with Earth’s atmosphere. Taurids are fairly random and relatively infrequent in October and November, and are typically seen well after midnight, when the constellation Taurus is quite high in the sky.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio 9WCMH) — The Salvation Army in Central Ohio has seen a significant increase in the need for its food pantry services with a nearly 200 percent increase since March 13.

The organization has provided nearly 612,000 meals since COVID-19 began, which now exceeds their total meals provided during 2019 by about 22,000 meals. 

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police say the pandemic is causing an increase in domestic violence cases.

The funeral for Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Angela Kane, who was killed in an automobile accident last week near Canal Winchester, will take place Friday and be followed by an 80-mile procession to her final resting place.

The service is being conducted by Devore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury. Because of social-distancing measures, the service will take place outdoors, with most attendees being asked to remain in their vehicles. The service will be broadcast locally over radio and livestreamed on Facebook.


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