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MUST SEE "fireball" stripes over Winston-Salem Sky



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WFMY) – Did you see it? A bright shooting star who sweeps across the sky on Tuesday night.

That's exactly what Chris Mattingly captured on his dashcam while cruising the Silas Creek Parkway at Winston-Salem.

The very bright meteors are also called "fireballs" as they illuminate the sky. Meteors appear as fire strips in the sky as they enter the atmosphere from outer space. Tim Buckley, chief meteorologist at WFMY News 2, said the Orionids' meteor shower had peaked this weekend, which is likely to be related to this meteor shower.

Also people near Piedmont and Charlotte reported about this particularly bright star. Some noticed that it had a green tint to the tail.

ORIONID METEORS

"The Orionid meteors are debris left by the comet hall," one of Earthsky's most famous comets, Deborah Byrd. org.

The peak expected to be about 15-20 meteors per hour

The Orionids are among the fastest and brightest among the meteor shower because the earth hits the stream of particles almost head-on, according to Space.com. How fast? Most of them break through at 41 miles per second, which is about 148,000 mph.

If the meteors are from Halley's, why are they called Orionids? "Meteors in annual showers are named for the point in our sky from which they seem to shine," says Byrd. "The shining point for the Orionids is toward the famous Orion constellation of hunters."

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