Expired News - Dashcams capture great views of Tuesday's bright fireball - The Weather Network
Your weather when it really mattersTM

Country

Please choose your default site

Americas

Asia - Pacific

Europe

News

Less than two weeks after one flashed over southern Quebec, on Tuesday night, hundreds of people across the Great Lakes and Northeast spied another bright meteor fireball in the sky.
OUT OF THIS WORLD | Earth, Space And The Stuff In Between - a daily journey through weather, space and science with meteorologist/science writer Scott Sutherland

Dashcams capture great views of Tuesday's bright fireball


Scott Sutherland
Meteorologist/Science Writer

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 2:42 PM - Less than two weeks after one flashed over southern Quebec, on Tuesday, hundreds of people across the Great Lakes and Northeast spied another bright meteor fireball in the sky. Scroll down for two amazing dashcam videos of the event!

At 10:36 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, October 4, witnesses from Toronto to New York City, and many points in between, spotted a bright flash in the sky, caused by a small piece of debris entering Earth's atmosphere from space.

As of Thursday afternoon, the American Meteor Society - which receives and logs fireball reports on their website - has over 700 reports for this event so far.


The updated American Meteor Society "heat map" for this event, showing the concentration of reports from witnesses, as of Thursday, Oct 6. Credit: AMS

It is very rare to actually capture images or video of these events, since the meteoroid producing the bright flash is typically travelling at speeds of several kilometres a second before the meteor winks out.

However, this particular fireball was caught on camera by the University of Toronto Scarborough observatory webcam! Watch in the embedded video below, paying close attention at around 3 seconds into the time-lapse.

The still frame the UTSC observatory team extracted shows off the meteor flash beautifully, even capturing a few bright flares before it went dark.

According to another post on the observatory Twitter account, this is the very first fireball they've captured on their webcam!

Just as happened with the Montreal meteor from September 22, more images and video of this meteor have surfaced as the day has progressed.

This dashcam video, captured by Kris Brown, shows the view of this fireball from Vestal, New York, a little over 100 km west of the meteoroid's estimated path.

A second dashcam video has surfaced over the past day, submitted to the AMS by peace officer Pat Fairhurst.

Stay tuned for any further updates, as they filter in.

Teaser image courtesy: UTSC Observatory

Source: AMS

Default saved
Close

Search Location

Close

Sign In

Please sign in to use this feature.