Social media was abuzz on Monday morning after reports of fireballs lighting up the night sky on Sunday night
The American Meteor Society confirmed more than 200 reports and several videos of the fireball event were recorded and that several witnesses near the flight path reported hearing a delayed sonic boom, indicating the meteorites from this fireball may have survived down to the ground.
“A fireball is a meteor that is larger and brighter than normal. Most meteors are only the size of tiny pebbles. A meteor the size of a softball can produce light equivalent to the full moon for a short instant. This particular fireball was probably the size of a small car prior to entering the atmosphere,” said AMS in a press release.
The next major annual meteor shower will occur on the night of 12/13 August 2022, when the Perseid meteor shower reaches maximum activity.
To see the flight path of the meteor shower, click here
Photo: Doorbell camera via American Meteor Society