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Over 750 Reports of 2 Large Fireballs Over U.S. Midwest

Heat map of the September 27, 2013 fireball sightings.  Image Credit: American Meteor Society

Heat map of the September 27, 2013 fireball sightings. 

Image Credit: American Meteor Society

The American Meteor Society (AMS) has reported at least 373 reports of another bright fireball over the U.S. last night. It was a very bright meteor, likely a small chunk of natural incoming space debris. Residents from Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia reported a bright light moving across the night sky at around 11:33 pm CDT. 

These reports followed a similar sighting over the same area the day before. The AMS called the coincidence of two bright fireballs, or bright meteors, spotted over approximately the same region on consecutive days “surprising.” Read more about Friday's meteor sighting on the EarthSky website

13th Fireball sighting over the Midwest. Image Credit: Kevin Keadle  

13th Fireball sighting over the Midwest.

Image Credit: Kevin Keadle

 

The AMS received over 400 reports of a large fireball, bright meteor, over the U.S. Midwest on Thursday. Residents of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin detected the meteor around 7:05 am CDT. Observers reported a bright light traveling across the morning sky. The estimated trajectory for the fireball took it nearly over Indianapolis.

September has been an active month for sightings of bright fireballs, according to the AMS. Thursday's event marks the 13th fireball sighting and Friday's sighting marks the 14th with at least 25 witnesses, the most ever since the AMS started recording sightings online. Read the full story on the EarthSky website.

 

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