Did You See the Giant Meteor That Flew Across Poughkeepsie?

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As if 2020 wasn’t eventful enough, let’s add to it the large fireball that cruised across 11 states and a section of Canada before making its way to the Hudson Valley.

Poughkeepsie looked like a scene from War of the Worlds on Sunday, November 8.

That evening, drivers throughout New York and New Jersey were greeted with an eerie sight in the night sky.

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Starting at 7:22 p.m., dashboard cameras recorded a bright meteor zipping above them. Many were confused by what they saw, unsure if there were out-of-season fireworks being lit, a bomb exploding, or a UFO sitting just above them.

The meteor’s sheer size and speed alarmed those who captured it. Hundreds of calls were made right away to the American Meteor Society, a New York non-profit organization dedicated to informing on astronomical phenomenon. The AMS received nearly 500 reports of a large fireball careening across northern skies. Residents of all five boroughs of New York City witnessed the wild stellar occurrence.

Most of the reports came from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, but the meteor was also visible in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Vermont, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, and Quebec. It flew from east to west and landed near the City of Poughkeepsie at the end of its flight.

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Astronomers classify meteors as fireballs when they appear brighter than the planet Venus. Thousands of fireballs occur in the Earth’s atmosphere every day, but it can be difficult to see due to daylight. Following Halloween’s gorgeous blue moon, this shooting star was quite the spectacle.

Related: Where to Go Stargazing in the Hudson Valley

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