A bright daylight fireball exploded over northern New York, U.S. at 17:10 UTC on December 2, 2020, creating a bright flash in the middle of the day.
Witnesses from parts of upstate New York said the visual event was followed by a sonic boom.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 150 reports, mainly from New York and Ontario.
Users from Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia also reported seeing the event.
Image credit: AMS
"When a very bright fireball penetrates to the stratosphere, below an altitude of about 50 km (31 miles), and explodes as a bolide, there is a chance that sonic booms may be heard on the ground below," Vincent Perlerin of the AMS noted.
NASA's analysis of the event shows that the parent meteoroid entered Earth’s atmosphere over upper New York, between Rochester and Syracuse.
"Traveling westward at 90 000 km/h (56 000 mph), it broke into pieces at an altitude of approximately 35 km (22 miles), producing a bright flash reported by the public and caught in videos."
A massive #fireball lit up the sky over parts of the United States and Canada earlier today. Check out this footage that was caught from our #EarthCam's in Toronto. Could it be a meteor?? @TourCNTower pic.twitter.com/Qxdz168p0I
— EarthCam (@EarthCam) December 2, 2020
The event was captured by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper aboard NOAA GOES-East satellite:
Fireball over New York, U.S. at 17:10 UTC on December 2, 2020. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, TW
Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, TW
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