Western America spots 'most amazing' meteor brighter than the Moon
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Western America spots 'most amazing' meteor brighter than the Moon
Residents of the west coast of America were treated to a spectacular phenomenon when a "jaw-dropping" fireball streaked across the night's sky.

People of California, Oregon and Washington spotted what some are calling the "most amazing" fireball they have ever seen. The fireball, which was a meteor which hit the atmosphere, came into view on the evening of October 23. Hundreds of people witnessed the phenomenon, flocking to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.
David told the IMO: "It was beyond incredible."

Debra detailed her experience, saying: "The object falling was so green and dramatic that I began screaming to the passenger in my car - 'oh, my God--look, look at that...'

"I then saw it break into a few pieces, and continued trying to look to the extent my passenger was helping me to drive.



"I then wondered if it could have been a firework, but was sure that it was a meteor, and came home and began checking the computer for other reports. It was definitely green."

Julie said: "I was in my vehicle and just happened to be directly in front of me dropping quickly down past the horizon.

"For one to two seconds, it was nearly as bright as the full moon."

The fireball at the centre of the image
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The fireball at the centre of the image
Marcia said: "In my 63 years of life of frequent star gazing and meteor, comet watching I have NEVER seen anything that came close to this in size.

"I almost thought it was the full moon at first, but it is a crescent moon and this was bigger, blazing and falling.

"It was disorienting seeing it as it was so large, appeared so close to the earth as it dipped behind the hills I found myself crouching thinking it was huge and was going to impact.

"It was brief but a spectacular array of rainbow colours in its short debris field, a yellowish/white very large fireball and appeared very low in the sky. How magnificent!"

Melanie said: "It was way bigger and brighter than any shooting star or similar event we've ever witnessed. It almost seemed man-made. It was a jaw-dropper!"


Where the meteor was spotted
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Where the meteor was spotted
Fireballs occur when a meteor or another space rock hits the atmosphere.

Air seeps into the pores of the rock, pushing it apart and causing it to explode.

The IMO said: "Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal. Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth's atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimetre have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.

"These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them."