Celestial Occurrence Recorded Over New Jersey

Bridget Mulroy
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On the evening of September 4, 2023, a fireball meteor lit up the sky as it made its way down the East Coast. From Virginia to North Carolina, nearly 300 sightings were documented by the American Meteor Society, with most sightings recorded between New York and New Jersey.

The meteor occurred shortly before 9:30 PM and was confirmed in multiple reports to have illuminated the sky with its bright blue color and yellow tail. Some reports detail a loud sound following the meteor as it glided through the night sky. Others claim the fireball broke into several smaller pieces as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Photos and a video of the celestial occurrence are on the American Meteor Society’s website.

A New Jersey resident shares, “It was like nothing I have ever seen before!” Another New Jersey resident says, “I have [seen] a few fireballs. This is the first I believe fragmented. And it seemed closer to my location.” Another witness in NJ stated, “This was slower moving than other fireballs I’ve seen, but much faster than a LEO re-entry.” Additionally, another NJ resident offers, “This was by far the brightest and longest lasting meteor/fireball I have ever seen. Apparently, something was launched from a space station in FL tonight. Could this have been associated with that?”

The American Meteor Society has labeled the event as ‘5012-2023.’

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Hi, I’m Bridget. I’m based in Red Bank, New Jersey, Calabasas, California, & Manhattan, New York. I cover geology, seismology, botany, biology, & community news. USGS Verified ✅

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