Large Fireball Reported Over Maine Last Weekend
Did you see something streak across the evening sky over the weekend? You may have seen what hundreds of other people across New England witnessed.
If you noticed a bright flash in the late-afternoon sky over the weekend, you may have saw what many others reported. Over 200 sightings of a large fireball around 5:38 p.m. were reported to the American Meteor Society, Sunday. Sightings stretched from Maine, parts of Canada, south the New York.
According to NASA Meteor Watch: "Analysis of their reports shows that the meteor occurred over northern Vermont, first appearing at a height of 52 miles (84 kilometers) above Mount Mansfield State Forest. Moving northeast at 47,000 miles per hour (21 kilometers per second), it traversed 33 miles (53 kilometers) through the upper atmosphere before burning up 33 miles (53 kilometers) above Beach Hill in Orleans County south of Newport."
This summer, more meteor sightings are in the forecast. The Perseids meteor shower is often referred to as the best meteor shower of the summer. It's a reliable skywatching event, which often produces about one meteor per-minute. An eye catching addition to the storm of shooting stars is the bright fireballs it often produces.
According to Space.com, the Perseids this year will peak the nights of August 11, 12. The best viewing will be after the moon sets around 10 p.m. While peak nights tend to produce the most frequent shooting stars, this meteor shower continues for the following 10 days or so. If you see meteors streaking across the night sky in previous weeks, they're likely Perseids. The light show tends to start in mid-July.
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