The sky briefly lit up midday Wednesday when a meteor streaked across the skyline of the eastern Great Lakes. Take a look at the bright flash caught on camera via Earthcam at the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada.
A massive #fireball lit up the sky over parts of the United States and Canada earlier today. Check out this footage that was caught from our #EarthCam's in Toronto. Could it be a meteor?? 👀☄️ @TourCNTower pic.twitter.com/Qxdz168p0I
— EarthCam (@EarthCam) December 2, 2020
A few places heard the sonic boom stemming from this meteor. This occurs when the meteor rapidly heats up, much like lightning, and there is an acoustic ‘boom’ resulting.
The fireball was observed in Canada and across the Northeast United States. In fact, dozens of reports were submitted following the event.
This occurred around 12 p.m. EST Wednesday, December 2, 2020. It stemmed from a meteor entering Earth’s atmosphere and rapidly burning up because of its speed, friction, and interaction with our atmosphere. If this reached the ground, it is referred to as a meteorite. If it didn’t reach the ground, or no pieces are found, then it remains a meteor.
Headline picture courtesy EarthCam