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26 Aug, 2017 22:56

Green ball of fire: Twitter reacts to reports of mysterious streaking object over US

Green ball of fire: Twitter reacts to reports of mysterious streaking object over US

Excited stargazers got themselves into a lather Friday night after a mysterious green fireball was seen streaking over northeastern areas of the US.

The object, reported in the skies above 10 states, including Pennsylvania and Washington DC, was captured by the UTSC astronomical observatory in Toronto.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said that it had received more than 300 reports from people who had seen the object.  

“The fireball was seen primarily from Pennsylvania but was also seen from Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and Massachusetts,” the group added in a statement.

Thrilled observers took to social media to discuss what they had seen.

People still recovering from the barrage of Friday’s news events, which included Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Texas and US President Donald Trump’s pardoning of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, found it difficult to digest the fireball’s appearance.

It is not yet known for certain what the green object was, but according to the American Meteor Society, most fireballs are most likely very bright meteors.

About 10 to 15 meteorites fall to Earth each day. However, sightings are rare since they often fall over the ocean or during daylight hours.