An amazing meteor was seen over the northwest of America, booming through the skies as it did so. The meteor collided with Earth’s atmosphere on October 26, with dozens of people in Canada and the USA spotting the phenomenon. Witnesses were amazed by the sighting, with some claiming it to be the biggest and brightest fireball they had ever witnessed.
Images of the sighting show a bright streak of light left in the night’s sky as the small space rock plummeted towards our planet.
Americans and Canadians flocked to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report what they had seen.
Claire said: “This was spectacular for me. I have seen many shooting stars in my life. This was much bigger/closer.”
Ray told the IMO: “It was really cool. Seemed like the brightest/longest ‘shooting star’ I have ever seen.”
Sue described her experience: “I was driving north across the Astoria-Megler bridge, from OR to WA when I saw this.
“At first my mind went to ‘helicopter’… but it was going too fast and at a steep angle down.
“The light blue colour was more flat and thin, than round, with no really discernible tail although there could have been a slight one.
“I just said, ‘Whoa! What was that!?’ to my cat.”
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The IMO said: “Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal.
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.”
Perhaps the most famous fireball in modern history came when a meteor struck over Chelyabinsk in 2013.
The explosion, caused by a 20-metre meteor, was so powerful it smashed windows across the city and injured more than 1,000 people.