Spectacular fireball disintegrates over Quebec, Ontario, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire

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A spectacular fireball was reported flying over Quebec, Ontario, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire on September 21, 2016.

The AMS has received over 125 reports so far about this bright meteor event over Montréal, Canada on September 21st, 2016 around 9:35pm EDT (Sept 22nd, 1:35 UT).

The phenomenon was captured by a camera atop Quebec’s Mont-Mégantic provincial park, about 80 kilometres east of Sherbrooke, Que., around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The bigger the particle, the bigger the meteor. So last night’s meteor was probably caused by something the size of a big rock.

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The fireball over Montreal and the eastern US on September 21, 2016. Picture by Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

The meteor was centred on southern Quebec and seemed travelling from east to west.

The fireball was seen primarily from Québec but witnesses from Ontario, New Brunswick, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire also reported the event.

 

 

The reason it was seen by so many people is because of the height where it occurred. The higher the point where stone enters the atmosphere, the more people can see it.

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More than 125 meteor reports have been filled on the American Meteor Society by residents in southern Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, New Brunswick, Massachusetts, and Maine

The space stone most probably disintegrated before it hit the ground, so no meteorites will be found.

Did you hear a boom? Did you make a wish?

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