A massive fireball was seen across the skies of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania on Sunday night.
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The Canary Island Long-Baseline Observatory on Tenerife captured the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. The European Space Agency’s Meteor Research Group, which operates the night vision video camera, recorded the streaks of light. (Aug. 13)
Residents of New Jersey, New York and PennsylvaniaÂ who looked upward atÂ the right moment on SundayÂ saw a fiery meteor streak across the night sky.
New Jersey resident Daniel Powell said in a private Twitter message to a reporter that he was driving north along the Garden State Parkway near Toms River when he saw the fireball.
“At first it looked like a typical shooting star but lasted significantly longer and got much brighter as it descended,” he wrote. “It got very close to the horizon before it broke up, about the height of where an overpass would be in your windshieldÂ from about 200 meters away. Then it broke up in a shower of sparks. For a few seconds before that I was worried it might be a possible earth impact.”
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Check out this shooting star/meteor captured on a Lakewood residentâs dashcam moments ago. @[email protected]/ms01y3Mipr
Meteorologist Chad Shafer, who works at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly Station, said he was driving on U.S. 130 in Delran, Burlington County, when he saw a large, whiteÂ fireball. Its tail appeared to be spurting flames as it traveled across the sky, he said.
The news site The Lakewood Scoop posted a video ofÂ the meteor caught onÂ a dash camera by a Lakewood resident.
One of our meteorologists reported a bright, low flying meteor visible in the area several minutes ago. Did anyone else see it this evening? #NJwx#PAwx#DEwx#MDwx
Across Twitter, mentions of the meteorÂ erupted. Sightings were reported inÂ Troy, New York; Reading, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; Rhode Island and the Bronx.
Matthew Cadmus, 45, of Lakehurst stoodÂ in a parking lot in Toms River by Routes 37 and 166 when he saw the fireball.
“Looked different than shooting star, much bigger and had (a) greenish tinge to it,” he said in a Facebook message to a reporter. “Lasted what I would say (was) 3-5 seconds… Watched it break up. Was much lower than a shooting star too.”
According to the American Meteor Society, a weeks-long meteor shower event called the Northern Taurids is expected to peak between Nov. 11 and 12. Meteor showers called the Southern Taurids and the Leonids are also currently active, according to the society.
Anyone just see a meteor or something streak through the sky? Iâm in cape may, NJ was looking north and now Iâm seeing people in NYC saying they saw the same at the same time. #meteor#streak#newyork#nyc#capemay#newjersey
Amanda Oglesby is an Ocean County native who covers Brick, Barnegat and Lacey townships as well as the environment. She has worked for the Press for more than a decade. Reach her at @OglesbyAPP, [email protected] or 732-557-5701.
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