Did you see a fireball in the sky? You aren't alone
EUGENE, Ore. - Did you see a fireball in the sky Wednesday morning?
You're not alone.
The American Meteor Society is investigating dozens of reports from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Canada of a fireball brighter than a full moon around 6 a.m.
In Oregon, the sightings end south of Salem.
But north of Salem, people reported seeing a blue and white streak move silently across the sky.
"It was just amazing to see," Charlotte V. of Wilsonville, Oregon, reported. "It seemed to come out of nowhere as we were gazing out the window at the stars and suddenly it was streaking across the sky so BIG and long tail. Gorgeous!"
"It was by far the longest lasting shooting star I've ever seen!! Pretty cool," said Thomas S. in Gladstone, Oregon.
"Moved across roughly 35 miles of my sight in about 8-10 seconds. No trail, no sound, very incredible sight," John C. in Gresham, Oregon, reported.
"The duration was quite phenomenal," Jeffery K. in Salem said. "It went across a vast portion of the sky."
A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor. If you happen to see one of these memorable events, the American Meteor Society asks you to report what you saw online.
Try to remember details, like brightness (relative to the moon, stars and visible planets), length across the sky, color and how long it lasted.
Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day," the meteor society says. The vast majority occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions. Others 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.