Bright meteor spotted in Miami Valley Wednesday morning officially classified as a fireball

Caught on Camera: Fireball Streaking Across the Sky

Update: The American Meteor Society now has more than 700 reports of people spotting the bright meteor Wednesday morning that is now classified as a fireball. Reports spread from Ohio all the way to Ontario, Canada!

Fireball Caught on Camera in Xenia, Ohio

Reports started pouring in that a bright meteor was spotted Wednesday morning around 6:25a.m. in the Miami Valley and across the eastern United States.

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This map shows reports from the American Meteor Society
This map shows reports from the American Meteor Society (American Meteor Society)

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said people in the Miami Valley started sharing what they saw with her on Twitter and Facebook. The fireball likely flashed in the sky around 6:25 a.m. in the eastern sky. Residents in Springfield, Dayton, Sidney and Xenia reported seeing the flash.

A meteor is a meteoroid (a small piece of space rock or debris) that enters the Earth’s atmosphere and burns up. If the flash is very brighter than Venus it is considered a fireball. Fireballs can also produce colors when they burn up in the sky. The color can signify what material could have been found in the meteor like nickel, sodium or magnesium.

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