Video appears to show ‘fireball’ meteor shooting across Virginia sky

Dashcam footage captured the moment when a meteor lit up the Virginia night sky.

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The Independent US

Dashcam footage has emerged showing the moment a ‘fireball’ meteor lit up the night sky in Virginia.

Alexander Salvador, who captured the footage, says it took place at 6.16pm on Saturday evening.

“This looks like something burning up, falling down around the DC area. Snip from my dash cam.”

According to the American Meteor Society (AMS), “More than 330 witnesses have reported a large fireball over Pennsylvania”

“The fireball was seen from primarily New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but witnesses from Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Delaware, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and even Ontario also reported seeing the fireball.”

The term ‘fireball’ is used to describe a “very bright meteor”, which the AMS defines as “generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky.”