Bright green meteor streaks across East Coast skies

Screengrab from dash cam video of fireball seen Tuesday night across the East Coast. [Credit Steve Chazin]

A large green meteor streaked across East Coast skies Tuesday night, and the fireball was caught on dash cam video in the D.C. area.

“From our point of view it looked like it was going to land in D.C.,” said Steve Chazin, who was driving near Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia at the time. “It was very low on the horizon, but I realized it was a meteor, which meant it was just hitting the atmosphere. So it had to be far out to sea.”

The fireball was seen from Connecticut to North Carolina just before 11 p.m. and the American Meteor Society had received more than 100 reports by early Wednesday. Most observers reported the fireball as green and bright.

The meteor was most widely seen in the D.C. area and along the coast from Cape May, New Jersey to Corolla, North Carolina.

According to the meteor society, fireballs are very bright meteors, about as bright as Venus in the morning and evening skies.

About 10 to 15 meteorites fall to Earth each day, but sightings are rare since streaking fireballs often fall over the ocean, or during daylight hours when they can’t be seen.

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