Videos show meteors streaking across the sky

At least two fireballs lit up New Hampshire skies Thursday night. The fireballs were captured by separate cameras arcing across the sky. The first was captured on a dash cam at 9.14pm in Dover. The video, courtesy of Rob Wright Images, shows lightening footage that flashes green before fading. Another was snapped by Erikas Ara above Lake Winnipesaukee at 10:55 p.m. This one traces a long arc across the sky, and its reflection can even be seen in the water. The American Meteor Society received over 100 reports of the previous fireball. Based on sightings, the meteor likely crossed the Atlantic Ocean, starting just off Martha’s Vineyard and moving west-southwest. There have been far fewer sightings of the latest fireball, with only four reports forwarded to AMS. Given the low number of reports, it’s difficult to estimate where the meteor crossed the sky, but sightings have come from as far away as Montreal and New Brunswick. Fireballs are very bright meteors that can sometimes explode into a bright flash at the end. They may be associated with a meteor shower, but there are no particularly active showers at this time. The Leonid meteor shower peaks in two weeks. Sky conditions in New Hampshire have been excellent for viewing recently, with cool, clear nights. If you go out at night for the next few days, you will see a waxing moon and should be able to see very bright Jupiter and bright red Mars in the eastern part of the sky well after sunset.

At least two fireballs lit up New Hampshire skies Thursday night.

The fireballs were captured by separate cameras arcing across the sky.

The first was captured on a dash cam at 9.14pm in Dover. The video, courtesy of Rob Wright Images, shows lightening footage that flashes green before fading.

Another was filmed by Erikas Ara over Lake Winnipesaukee at 10:55 p.m. This one traces a long arc in the sky, and its reflection can even be seen in the water.

The American Meteor Society received more than 100 reports of the previous fireball. Based on sightings, the meteor likely crossed the Atlantic Ocean, starting just off Martha’s Vineyard and moving west-southwest.

There were far fewer sightings of the last fireball, with only four gears made at AMS. Given the low number of reports, it’s difficult to estimate where the meteor crossed the sky, but sightings have come from as far away as Montreal and New Brunswick.

Fireballs are very bright meteors that can sometimes explode into a bright flash at the end. They may be associated with a meteor shower, but there are no particularly active showers at this time. The Leonid meteor shower peaks in two weeks.

Sky conditions in New Hampshire have been excellent for viewing recently, with cool, clear nights. If you go out at night for the next few days, you will see a waxing moon and should be able to see very bright Jupiter and bright red Mars in the eastern part of the sky well after sunset.

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