Brilliant meteor over Utah

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7 Responses to “Brilliant meteor over Utah”

  1. SethJarvis says:

    Fireballs like this is rare, but they do happen and when they do, they are MEMORABLE.

    I’m excited to see that the fireball has stimulated so much interest in the night sky and gotten so many people to pay attention to what’s overhead at night.

    This fireball was seen from Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and California, and got people talking about space – intensely – in all the areas where it was visible. COOL!

    Keep watching the skies – and remember that your friendly neighborhood planetarium is always happy to answer your questions.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It was fantastic! I literally thought the world was glitching it looked so much like day light. Seriously, black night sky one minute, a couple of flickers then as bright as day, the strangest sensation I’ve ever had. The contrail was bright red, and you could actually see the fireball, it was very impressive.

  3. jfrancis says:

    That’s exactly how Martha Kent described it the night she found Clark.

  4. IWood says:

    There was a Leonid straggler over State Street here in Santa Barbara just after 6PM PST last night, low in the sky towards the west and bright enough to be seen through the light pollution of town. It was much larger and brighter than anything I saw during the shower on the 17th. ‘Twas no bolide, though…

  5. VagabondAstronomer says:

    I’ve seen three fireballs in my lifetime, but so far none as spectacular as this one (we were socked in for most of the peak nights for this years Leonids). The only time I’ve seen anything close to this (June, 1985), turns out it wasn’t a meteor at all, but a failed Russian maritime reconnaissance satellite.
    Still look up, still hopeful…

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