Fireball over the Northeast
"I am pleased to report that I just eye-witnessed a major fireball event out my window. This fireball was traveling east to west, possibly over central Colorado. It was long trailed, turquoise and green, and shed sparks ... It looks like this fireball may have been at least 300 miles north of my location."
Here's a photo of the Colorado fireball, from cloudbait.com Be sure to click on the videos, too.
Here is an eyewitness report from the Colorado fireball, emailed to Thomas Ashcraft. What a sight:
"My wife and I were driving on I-70 just west of the Peoria Street
bridge and we both saw the fireball very brightly, even with the bright
lights of the interstate. It was greenish and south and slightly west
of our location on I-70. We saw it for about 5 seconds. It did not
seem high in elevation above the Denver skyline. It seemed to be almost
parallel to the surface of the earth. It was 7:28 on the car clock when
we saw it. It was beautiful. There was a flash of flames at the end.
We had the windows rolled up in the car and did not hear any noise."
I'm wondering whether these fireballs might be early members of the Taurid meteor shower, which peaks early next month. If so, we should all be watching for these things. Here's another report on the Colorado event:
"I live in Grand Junction, CO. Last night my sister and I were standing
on my East-facing deck talking. We both saw a 'light' over the
Bookcliffs ( a range of E-W running hills on the north side of Grd Jct)
coming from the NE. This is the general vicinity of the local airport
and we both dismissed it as landing lights of an airplane. A couple of
seconds later my sister yelled "Look at that!", pointing to the East.
We both saw the last two seconds of what we initially thought was a
firework (roman candle type) because of its color and brightness. There
were sparks observable in the tail as it passed overhead traveling in a
SW direction, and sparks when it 'went out', but no sound. The color
was a bright bluish-green - even the sparks were green. We speculated
that it might have been a fireball and were extremely excited to learn
today that it was. Unfortunately we did not get any pictures but it was
beautiful none the less. "