Fireball streaks through sky: Expert weighs in

WASHINGTON – A blue-green blaze was reported streaking through the sky around 7 p.m. on Thursday night, which an expert says was most likely a meteor.

Geoff Chester, with the U.S. Naval Observatory, said this was most likely a very bright type of meteor that is commonly referred to as a fireball.

“They occur on extremely clear nights and they generally get a lot of publicity when they happen,” Chester says.

They’re typically the size of a baseball or basketball, which Chester describes as a relatively small object, that burns up in the upper atmosphere of the earth and can be seen in a wide area.

Those who saw the blaze and want to know more about it can fill out a report at the American Meteor Society, who will use the information to find out more.

If you have a picture of Thursday’s meteor, tweet it to #WTOP.

Arturo Seleme caught video of the meteor and posted it on his Facebook page.

Here’s a tweet from the meteor society from a few days ago that shows a picture of a similar meteor.


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