The spooky season kicked off with a bang on Halloween when residents across nine states witnessed a huge fireball. The meteor was so big and bright that it could be seen in the north of Michigan, all the way down to Georgia, more than 900 kilometres away.
Witnesses described the booming fireball as having a plethora of colours, mainly blue, white and green, coming from the main body as it hit Earth’s atmosphere.
One video captured by a security camera shows the fireball seemingly getting bigger and bigger as it approaches the surface before simply disappearing.
“Had a white to light yellow head with a green to blue tail and seemed to have a white streak behind it but not a long one.
“I thought it was a firecracker at first but it didn’t make sense to be falling and I never heard a noise.”
Stephanie said: “Very bright green light streaked across the sky not very high in altitude, larger than any other shooting star I’ve seen.”
“Compared to other shooting stars or meteor showers, this looked much closer. Only lasted about 4 seconds, then simply vanished!”
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Air seeps into the pockets of these small space rocks, pushing them apart and causing them to explode.
Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimetre have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.
“These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them.”
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