The U.S. East was treated to a large, bright fireball – as bright as the moon, according to reports – on Sunday evening, January 12, 2014.
From any one spot on Earth, it’s rare to see a meteor as bright as the moon. But meteors of this brightness are not uncommon, given the Earth as a whole. The fireball was seen from primarily in Connecticut, but witnesses from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island also reported seeing the fireball.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) says that hundreds of witnesses have filed reports of a large, bright, long-lasting fireball – an exceptionally bright meteor – seen over the U.S. East (New England) on Sunday evening, January 12, 2014. The time was 5:20 p.m. EST (2220 UTC).
These large and bright fireballs result from chunks of space debris entering our atmosphere. In recent years, due to increasing interconnectivity between people, we hear about these meteors more often!