Those looking to the skies this morning may have spotted a meteor in the Miami Valley region.
More than 250 people reported the sighting to the American Meteor Society, with people from the area describing the fireball as a bright flash similar to lightning.
A fireball is described as a meteor that is brighter than Venus, according to the non-profit organization.
The sighting was reported in 15 states, from South Carolina all the way to Ontario, Canada. Most reports were around 6:24 a.m.
☄️I am seeing reports of a fireball that lit up the sky around 6:25 am. Lauren Borell was out walking her dog an snapped these photos with her phone. If you have any photos that you would like to share send them to Chime in at: https://t.co/7N4kouxkd9 pic.twitter.com/FYIkvojhMX
— Jeff Oechslein (@JeffWTOV9) September 30, 2020
The American Meteor Society is still looking into the fireball, but reported that the preliminary trajectory suggests the meteor traveled from southeast to northwest, with visibility ending near North Benton, Ohio.
Getting reports of a brilliant shooting star around 6:25 am!
If confirmed, this meteor could have been a rare FIREBALL with a colorful burning blue or red tail.
Picture from The American Meteor Society of a Fireball. (Report HERE: https://t.co/Na1PaSNI6y)
Anyone see this? pic.twitter.com/u7syzy0INj
— Chris Vickers (@ChrisWTOL) September 30, 2020
The meteor was captured on Ohio Department of Transportation traffic cameras across the state.
ODOT reviewed more than 800 cameras to check for flashes of bright light and compiled a video of what they saw.
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