Did You See the Fireball Friday Night Over the Seacoast?
You really did see something as a bright fireball streaked across the Seacoast sky late Friday night.
Dozens of reports came into the American Meteor Society website from New Jersey to Central Maine between 11:15 and 11:30 about the fireball. It was picked up by Portmouthwebcam.com as it appeared over the Piscataqua River.
Alec A. saw the fireball over Barrington and described it as a "massive fireball" that was better than one he saw in Ohio in 2015.
"This was significantly brighter and larger and moved very fast across the sky. The colors were amazing, it looked like something out of a SciFI movie. Very wild. I want to know if anyone else saw it," Alec wrote.
Indeed some other people did in Exeter, Greenland and Madbury. Members of the (un)Official City of Dover Facebook page reported seeing it over Rochester and Sanbornville.
"This was incredibly bright, yellow outlined by red. At first I thought it was a firework. The trail was very long and also yellow and red. It was incredible," Denise V. wrote about her sighting from Seabrook.
"Was one of the coolest things I ever seen! I was waiting to hear a big boom," Shawn C. wrote from Hampton.
There will be more to see in the skies in August as the Perseid meteor shower offers a consistently high rate of meteors, according to the AMS. The peak viewing will be on August 11 and 12 after 3 a.m. each morning.
Viewing will be even better this year as the moon will set during the late evening hours making the sky darker, the AMS says.
Being able to see anything in the sky is always dependent on the weather.
NewsCenter Maine's Ryan Breton was first to report on the fireball.