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An expert on astronomy says the glowing fireball that some Halifax residents saw streaking through the sky Thursday night was probably a meteor.

Alan Strauss at the Mount Lemmon Sky Center in Arizona says these spectacular fireballs are quite common.

However, Strauss says people often miss them because they just don't look up that much.

Comment: That or they just have incredibly short memories. This is from January 2009:

Canada: Halifax, Nova Scotia - Ball of Fire

The fiery object appeared to travel from west to east over the Halifax area at around 9:30pm.