By Brian Lada AccuWeather meteorologist and writer
18th April 2019, 5:18:26 AM EDT
On Tuesday night, a fireball burned over the mid-Atlantic. Hundreds of people experienced the meteor as it illuminated the night sky. 19659006] A fireball is an incredibly bright meteor that illuminates the entire sky while it burns in the earth's atmosphere. The fireball on Tuesday night lasted much longer than a typical shooting star and was visible for nearly 10 seconds, according to videos showing the phenomenon.
A fireball over College Park, Maryland, on the night of Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Image / Mike Hankey)
Despite the crash near the coast of southern New Jersey is the Fireball was visible from hundreds of miles away. Many of the reports on the American Meteor Society (AMS) AMS fireball event site came from Washington, DC, but some said they had discovered them south of South Carolina and north of Vermont.
The meteor's light was so intense that the GOES 16 weather satellite's lightning detector detected the fireball.
Do not worry if you live on the East Coast and see a light blue / green light flashing across the sky last night. you're not crazy The geostationary Lightning Mapper from #GOESEast saw the #meteor too! More photos: https://t.co/1vd48CRq4K pic.twitter.com/Ry0Ntpz2EE
– NOAA satellites (@NOAASatellites) April 17, 2019
Humans reported that the flame turned blue and blue glowed The color is green, and a person even observes that an explosion was heard as it blazed above them.
The color of a meteor burning in the earth's atmosphere depends on its chemical composition. Different chemicals and elements emit different colors.
Fireballs like the fireball discovered on Tuesday evening appear in different parts of the world at night, but many are not reported.
"In the earth's atmosphere, several thousand meteors the size of a fireball appear every day. However, most of them occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and many are masked by daylight, "the AMS explained on its side.
If you're witnessing a fireball, you can submit a report on the AMS Fireball Report page.