Three significant fireballs over the weekend

Three significant fireballs over the weekend

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American Meteor Society (AMS) said three significant fireballs were observed over the weekend. 

A large fireball with numerous sonic booms fell over Arkansas on Friday night, May 2nd. Another bright fireball was seen over North Carolina Saturday night, May 3rd. A daytime fireball over Ontario on May 4th marks the third significant event for this weekend.

The map below, courtesy of AMS, shows the trajectory for all three events.

Three Significant Fireballs – May 2nd, 3rd & 4th. Image credit: AMS

An extremely bright daylight fireball seen from Ontario and the state of New York on May 4th was caught on car dashcams. Preliminary reports place the time of the event near 20:16 UTC with a brightness rivaling the sun.

You can see this fireball in the videos below:

Video courtesy of Dean Mean

My wife noticed a small ball of fire appearing to fall through the sky and I thought it was fireworks since I only managed to see the trail of smoke. We reviewed the video footage on my Blackvue 1080P dashcam and there it was- awesome! (I edited the video to trim out the excess footage)

Video courtesy of Sergey Z

All three fireballs were concurrent with the Eta Aquarid meteor shower although they may not be related.

Featured image courtesy of Dean Mean. Edit: The Watchers

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