ASBURY PARK, N.J. – Residents of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania who looked upward at the right moment on Sunday saw a fiery meteor streak across the night sky.
Meteorologist Chad Shafer, who works at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly Station, said he was driving in Burlington County, New Jersey, when he saw a large, white fireball. Its tail appeared to be spurting flames as it traveled across the sky, he said.
“This was easily the biggest (meteor) I’ve seen,” Shafer said.
New Jersey resident Daniel Powell said in a Twitter message to a reporter that he was driving north near Toms River when he saw the fireball.
“At first it looked like a typical shooting star but lasted significantly longer and got much brighter as it descended,” he wrote. “It got very close to the horizon before it broke up, about the height of where an overpass would be in your windshield from about 200 meters away. Then it broke up in a shower of sparks. For a few seconds before that I was worried it might be a possible earth impact.”
The news site The Lakewood Scoop posted a video of the meteor caught on a dash camera by a Lakewood resident.
Matthew Cadmus, 45, of Lakehurst, New Jersey, stood in a parking lot in Toms River when he saw the fireball.
“Looked different than shooting star, much bigger and had (a) greenish tinge to it,” he said in a Facebook message to a reporter. “Lasted what I would say (was) 3-5 seconds. … Watched it break up. Was much lower than a shooting star too.”
Cadmus said the meteor appeared to be traveling south to north.
According to the American Meteor Society, a weeks-long meteor shower event called the Northern Taurids is expected to peak between Wednesday and ThursdayMeteor showers called the Southern Taurids and the Leonids are also currently active, according to the society.
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