Fireball Sightings: Jan. 23, 2009
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On Jan. 23, 2009, at approximately 8:48 pm EST a meteoroid of unknown
size hit Earth's atmosphere over New England. Its blue-green disintegration
was widely observed by motorists on the Massachusetts
Turnpike and in neighboring states.
near Auburn Massachusetts
Comments: James Vasalofsky: "I saw the fireball
on 1/23/09 around 8:48pm. It was blue-ish green when it first appeared,
then it was a bright light that lasted about 2 seconds. I was on
the Mass Pike heading East near Auburn and it was off to the right
in the direction of the South. It was an amazing sight! I've seen
meteor showers before but this seemed really close. I assume it
was a meteor."
Comments: Robert Russell: "I was driving home
with my family at about 9pm on Friday, Jan 23rd, and we saw what
looked to be a huge fireball coming straight down from the black
sky. All four of us saw the same thing and were all shocked. It
was much bigger than a typical shooting star and was certainly going
straight down as opposed to shooting horizontally across the sky.
It had blue and green colors in it too. It appeared to have landed
or struck down just north of Rt 495 and just east of Rt 95 somewhere
in Foxboro or Mansfield."
Comments: Mark A. Abel: "On January 23 at
8:48PM EST I was traveling on I-95 South bound in the Lexington
area near the Hanscom Airfield when I saw the bluish-green fireball
out of the corner of my eye. At first I thought I may had caught
a glimpse of an airplane landing flood light since I was in the
Hanscom Airfield area but then it emerged from behind the low level
clouds again and I could see that it indeed was a brilliant fireball."
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Comments: Donna & Randy Swanson: "We observed
a huge pulsing blue green fireball through the clouds tonight @
8:48 PM dropping past the horizon, due NE into the Atlantic ocean
towards Cape Cod. Bright enough to be seen through heavy cloud cover!"
Comments: John B Byerly: "At 8:50 pm from
Agawam Massachusetts looking easterly I saw a blue green fire ball
through a pretty thick cloud cover. It lasted maybe a second with
a significant tail. I am a total amateur but It looks similar to
the video that was posted
a couple of days ago."
North Windham, Connecticut
Comments: Paulette Harwood: "My husband and
I observed the fireball while heading southeast on Rt. 6 in North
Windham, CT. It was quite large and had a green glow."
MassPike between exits 11 and 11A
Comments: E. Szymczak: "I
was driving east on the MassPike and at a few minutes before 9 between
exits 11 and 11A and saw a huge green fireball that appeared to
come from the north fairly close to the horizon. It was spectacular!"
son and I saw the fireball at 8:48pm on 1.23.09 in Warwick, Rhode
Island. It was blue-green and lasted approximately 3 seconds - ended
without a flash. This was the brightest meteor I've seen in my 46
years, brighter even than the one I saw at the Grand Canyon 2 years
Little Compton, Rhode Island
Comments: Anthony Russi: "I
was sitting in my den and through my window I saw a dazzling fireball
drop from the night sky. I live in little Compton, Rhode Island
on the Sakonnet River, the object was east of me. It came straight
down and looked like huge flare. Sometime around 8:30."
Comments: Briana: "At
approx. 8:45pm, our family was driving north on route 395 between
route 97 & 169 in CT. My husband said, 'Look, Look, Look!!'
And there, straight ahead, was a very bright object heading for
the ground. For me it was gone quickly, but my husband said he saw
it above the clouds, then it disappeared for a moment behind some
clouds, then he saw it again below the clouds. Because of this we
both think it had to have hit the ground. Most likely someplace
in NE CT, possibly between Danielson and Thompson. It was very cool,
but I hope no one was hurt."
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