30 December 2010

Meteor MA, MD, VA, NY, DC and PA 28DEC2010 Reports Continue

Large Meteor MA, MD, VA, NY, NH, NJ, DC, PA, RI 28DEC2010 6:45 pm -Add Maine and North Carolina!
A large meteor was seen in Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Maine and North Carolina on 28DEC2010 at about 18:45 EST.

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Falling Object - Report from Maine
Last night at about 6:50-6:55 I was driving on Rt ! in Kittery Maine. I saw a flash in the sky and looked up to see and object falling. I was looking SW toward I-95. It looked very close, but I couldn't hear anything and when it went out of sight, (hit the ground?) I couldn't see any smoke. It looked gray and rounded at the bottom, flat at the top. It looked somewhat concave from where I was. It had a tail of flame. It didn't look like sparks really, but flame. It looked yellow and orange with texture to the flames and was almost twice the length of the object. It was arching slightly at first and then seemed to fall straight down. Stina Sardinha (contact address on file)

meteor of 12/28/10
I just wanted to let you know that a friend and I saw the meteor from Meredith , NH at about 6:45 last night. It was so close that it looked like it was going to hit just over the hills. Now I’m reading that it looked like that for many people in many other states. Too bad.
It went from looking like a regular shooting star with the yellow ‘tail’ trailing to turning a bright green color right around the object. It was the most amazing thing I have seen.
Thank you for your website. It gave me a place to see that other people had seen the same thing as I did.  Carrie Chase (contact address on file)

Meteorite in New York 28DEC2010
Dear Editor,
Thanks for the confirmation: I saw the meteorite in New York City last night around 6:45 PM. It went from East to West, and was quite bright, appearing like a falling ember. It had a very bright orange "head" with a long white tail; the orange head quickly turned to white within one to two seconds. It was quite beautiful. I wonder where it landed. It seemed low to the ground when I saw it.
Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Culture Editor
America Magazine

Long island
Hello, we saw the meteor in suffolk county. Amazing! Same details as everyone else. Orange bright... I thought know one else had seen it! H.G. (contact info on file)

Meteor at 6:45 PM on 12/28/10
I saw it too in Rhode Island. I was heading due south on Route 295 and it was directly in front of me heading west and down. It was very big and very fast. Does anyone know where it went down? Or did it burn up before it got to earth? It looked way to big to me to have burned up.
Tom Conklin

Meteor Sighting in Boston, MA
Dear Editor
I just found your site and was happy to see that I wasn't imagining things! I was driving South out of Braintree, MA on Route 128/93 South towards Providence, RI at about 6:45pm and saw the falling meteor in what I would approximate was a South/South Easterly direction. I have never seen something so brilliant, I could see a large white ball at the end w/ a long tail but it then went behind the tree line and I couldn't see it anymore.
Thanks for your site, was very interesting to see how many others saw it too.
Michelle L.

Meteor Over Rhode Island
Last night I saw a large meteor fall over Rhode Island . I was traveling S.W. on Rte 95 at around 6:48 between exits 6A and 7. It came high out of the sky from the South, slightly to my left and I thought it was a falling star. I actually started to make a wish (old school), and it became huge, turned green surrounded by a coppery color with a little tiny copper tail and traveled north (left to right), lasting about 3-4 seconds. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in the sky. I wish I had a picture, but I couldn’t even make my wish!
Thanks for letting me share!
Rita Casady
Circulation Marketing Manager
The Providence Journal Company

Meteor! MetCom readers wrote: (timestamp is Tokyo local time)
Dec 29 2010, 11:51 PM
Guest227 (guest): Hi there. I live in Douglassville, PA (about 1 hr northwest of Philadelphia). I was outside last evening (12/28) between 6:40 -6:50 PM filling birdfeeders. I was startled by something that streaked across the evening sky. It was travelling incredibly fast in a general east-west direction. The 'head' of the object appeared reddish and the very large tail was also a reddish-orange color.The whole thing was over before I barely registered it. It was such an awesome sight that I searched the web this morning

Dec 29 2010, 11:56 PM
Guest96 (guest):Same thing in Moyock NC. Large green ball of fire followed by a long bright tail - very low in the sky with an angle similar to a landing aircraft. Appeared to go down behind the tree line near Northwest annex naval support activity on the NC/VA border.I was heading south on South Mills Rd -took a look at the map and based on my location when I saw it - it was traveling NE to SW.Time based on my immediate call to my husband was 6:46-6:47.

Dec 30 2010, 12:08 AM
Guest494 (guest): We saw a green fireball as we were traveling on Interstate 95 South, just before exit 2 at Attleboro, Mass.It was quite low on the horizon, moving left to right more or less perpendicular to the interstate. The time was roughly 6:45 pm EST. PS That was 12/28/2010 at about 6:45 pm EST (the sighting from I95S near exit 2).

Dec 30 2010, 12:19 AM
Guest396 (guest): My daughter and I saw something white with a green tail falling from the sky around 6:45 p.m., Princeton,NJ. I'd never seen anything like it!

Dec 30 2010, 1:16 AM
Guest57 (guest): I saw the same thing around 6:45 PM. I am in Bishopville,Maryland

Dec 30 2010, 3:18 AM
Guest598 (guest): I'm still in awe of what I saw last night over NJ skies. How often does this kind of thing occur? It was a huge green spectacle falling down through the clouds. Incredible!

Dec 30 2010, 5:31 AM
Guest605 (guest): Last night I was driving and at around 6:45 in Newton, NJ I saw a fireball in the sky fly by. It was beautiful as it went through the clouds, it changed colors. Awesome!!!

Dec 30 2010, 8:44 AM
Guest347 (guest): Saw the meteor last night form Northern RI, it was to the Southwest.

Dec 30 2010, 9:04 AM
Guest288 (guest): At about 6:45 PM last night (Dec 28) I observed a large meteor in the sky over Central NJ. It was traveling from East to West. A bright white tail which turned red,then blue, then gone. All in about one second. Followed a low trajectory through the sky. A beautiful sight!

Dec 30 2010, 9:41 AM
Packrat (guest): We saw a meter on 26 dec at 1800 hrs driving north on hwy 14 in CA. It went from sw to SE on the horizon... We were almost to Mojave, CA at that time...

Dec 30 2010, 10:47 AM
(guest): Guest 616: At 6:50 last night my wife and I saw a lime green fire ball travel from east to west last night as we drove west on Sound Ave in Wading River NY. It had a small white center with sparks shooting off the sides as it tore through the evening sky. It had a rounded front and a flame-like rear.Stunning in its color and apparent closeness to the Earth.

Dec 30 2010, 11:04 AM
Guest68 (guest): I saw the same fireball from my back porch in Smyrna, DE ..It was an amazing spectical

Dec 30 2010, 1:15 PM
Guest476 (guest): ~6:50, Exton, pa - saw bright green flash,when I looked up I saw a meteor break into pieces and fade out overhead. Was traveling due north or north west. This was on the 28th.


Anonymous said...

I saw the same bright bluish-green light in the sky. The head seemed very irregular and sharp. Very unlike the Leonids I saw in Arizona 10 yrs ago which were very round. The head seemed to spark right before it disappeared. I saw it over I-95 near Burlington Mass. It was very bright and fast in the sky and then it stopped/extinguished. There weren't any hills for it to disappear behind so I'm not sure why I couldn't see it anymore.

Will McLean said...

December 28th, ca. 6.45 PM EST. Malvern PA, outside Philadelphia. A big fireball passed overhead, roughly east to west, crossing near zenith. Illumination on the ground was like the full moon suddenly coming from behind clouds. The fireball quickly broke up into s stream of sparks and went dark perhaps halfway between the zenith and horizon.