Joe Knows: 'Fireball' flash illuminated the sky on Monday night
Did you see it?
Skywatchers were treated to light show around 1 a.m. early Tuesday morning when a large "fireball" streaked across the sky. Officials at the Mount Washington Observatory said the fireball-like flash illuminated the night sky across all of New England and northern New York. Hundreds of sightings have been reported across the region.
Videos from multiple people have captured the event on camera and dashcams.
These fireballs are really just big meteors burning up as they travel up to 25,000 mph as the enter the Earth's atmosphere. It is actually a fairly common thing.
Every day about 100 tons of meteoroids, including dust, gravel and sometimes big rocks burn up and vaporize before reaching the surface. The pieces that actually reach the ground are called meteorites.
The rate at which the rocks break up in our atmosphere depends on the velocity, mass, strength,and the size of the rock . As the object moves through the atmosphere, it encounters friction and decelerates. The lower velocity decreases the amount of drag acting on it.
Eventually, the object goes through enough atmosphere that the drag is minimal. This is where the bright path of light of a meteor or (a shooting star) ends.
Take a look at the video below!