Pennsylvanians who looked out their windows skyward early Wednesday morning may have caught a glimpse of a large, bright object. More than 450 people reported seeing a bright ball of light overhead at 6:35 a.m. to the American Meteor Society.
To the dismay of UFO enthusiasts, the AMS concluded the sighting was a literal fireball. For the uninitiated, it is simply a term for a very bright meteor.
The traveling meteor displayed a brightness greater than magnitude -4, about the same as Venus in the morning sky.
People all the way from South Carolina to Connecticut called the AMS to report what they saw. A computer calculated the trajectory as first appearing South East of Ocean City, MD and losing visibility North East of Norfolk, VA.
“I was sitting in my mother’s family room, watching the morning news. I was facing East when a giant white ball of light with only the slightest tail could be seen,” reported Trae S. from Feasterville. “It was really something amazing to see, I just happened to be at the right place at the right time and it was so bright.”
Dr. Vincent Perlerin with the AMS updated people using the organization’s website. He stated thousands of events like these occur every day across the planet.
“The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them,” Dr. Vincent Perlerin with AMS said. “So, if you saw this one: congrats, it’s a nice way start the year!”
Videos of the fireball are available on the American Meteor Society website, including one below.