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Morning Fireball Visible From Bucks County


A bright fireball was visible from Bucks County early Wednesday morning.

The American Meteor Society said they collected close to 200 reports from seven states along the East Coast. There were sightings of the fireball from the lower and upper parts of Bucks County.

The fireball – suspected to be a meteor – was visible around 6:35 a.m. and was seen from New York to North Carolina.

Using reports, the American Meteor Society has estimated that the fireball was traveling north to east or south to west and ended it’s travel over the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia.

“This is the largest, brightest meteor I’ve seen in my 48 years. It was in the direction of the rising sun, which I found to be most unusual,” James S. of Ruckersville, Virginia wrote in his witness report.

“Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them,” Dr. Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society said.


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