A meteor swept through northern Vermont at 47,000 miles per hour on Sunday night, shocking people in neighboring Canada and Maine, according to NASA’s Meteor Watch.
Scientists report that the meteor arrived 52 miles above the state forest on Mount Mansfield around 5:48 p.m.
“Eyewitnesses from the Northeast and Canada reported seeing a bright fireball tonight around 5:38 p.m. Eastern Standard Time,”
For anyone wondering about the big boom / meteor earlier today in #btv #vermont, I dug up some webcam footage and found it on the WCAX / BTV airport webcam – look at the top left. pic.twitter.com/oyVLSoVahP
– Jeremy Laclair (@JeremyLaclair) March 8, 2021
The meteor traveled northeast and traveled 33 miles at 47,000 miles per hour, according to NASA. “It traveled 53 kilometers through the upper atmosphere before burning 53 miles (53 kilometers) over Beach Hill in Orleans County, south of Newport,” NASA said.
News agencies in Vermont say they received dozens of phone calls from readers and viewers after hearing a loud boom as the meteor ignited in the blue sky. The Burlington Free Press reports that some readers liken the meteor’s flight to the sound of a shooting range.
Burlington WCAX said its camera at Burlington Airport captured the fast-moving object in a matter of brief moments.
NASA said it hopes to receive several videos of celestial activity.
The American Meteor Society said it had received 110 reports of a fireball seen over parts of New England and Canada – including some in Massachusetts.
Rich R. in Hadley reported that the meteor was moving “from top to left down to right” and that it was “fast and very bright.”
Brian D. in Sutton noted that he saw the meteor “while it was still bright” around early sunset.
Several Vermont residents took to Twitter to share their encounters with the meteor.
Jeremy Lakler said he went out for a walk with his dog when the meteor flew by. “It sounded like a bomb,” he said.
A user identified as Emily said he saw a “fireball from the sky today,” while Susan Koch said she heard a “loud sound” and felt the ground thunder.
Some subreddit r / Vermont also reported observations of the meteor.
“Some other experience [meteor sighting and sonic boom] just a while ago, maybe at 5:40 p.m., it glows orange and moves quickly across the sky from west to east, followed by a slow BOOM? asked user WheezThaJuice.
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