A fireball is not just a colloquialism. This is a real astronomical expression, and nearly 200 people on the east coast reported that they were seen with the same light tomorrow.
The meteorite, a non-profit American meteor company, has collected over 190 reports in seven countries, including Pennsylvania, about a fireball – a meteor that is brighter than Venus – and grows over a small part of the sky above the Delaware coast around 11:35.
From a single point in New Jersey, the fireball remained visible for less than 10 seconds.
It seems that in the eyes of experienced observers, who would still be aware of the American Meteor company? – from North Carolina to the top of Long Island.
"By far, the biggest, brightest and fastest thing I've ever seen," wrote Mike F., an observer in Quakertown.
On the basis of the reports, the AMS calculated the path showing the meteor that travels from northeast to southwest and ends in the Atlantic Ocean to the northeast of Norfolk to Va.
There are important groups of reports from South East Pennsylvania, the Richmond area, Va. And along the coast of Maryland.
Thousands of meteors that are bright enough to be considered as fireballs are on a daily basis impressive atmosphere, usually over the oceans and either hidden behind daylight or at night when most sleep.
A lighter fireball is rare. For example, an experienced observer could see a person with a brightness of -4 – that is about the brightness of Venus – every 20 hours of observation. But the bright magnitude – say -6 or better – is probably visible with 200 hours of observation. This is still less light than the moon in the first quarter.
The AMS did not report whether it reached the earth or the ocean, which makes it a meteorite. A fireball generally needs a brightness of -8 to -10 to have enough mass to reach it.
In other words, this is rare. According to the AMS, good data on about 800 balls were collected, and only four were recorded as meteorites on the ground.
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