Fire In the Sky


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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 10: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft lifts off with four astronauts on board from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on November 10, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Crew-3 mission is flying to the International Space Station. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Desirae Santana, Staff Writer

On November 10, 2021 around 500 people were lucky enough to witness a fireball flying across the sky.

They saw this bright object flying at approximately 9:12pm, mostly seen in Philadelphia, and in New Jersey and reported this sighting to the American Meteorological Society.

People at first assumed it was just the launch of the SpaceX rocket. The American Meteorological Society made a statement saying that the fireball that was reported wasn’t the launch of the SpaceX rocket, but another light in the sky. 

People were lucky to see both of these bright lights in the sky that day. The SpaceX rocket that they saw launch was called the Falcon 9 rocket that flew in the sky.

The fireball was actually reported not only in New Jersey, but several other states as well. This included Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C, Georgia, Marland, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.  

The fireball became visible at 48 miles. Scientists were also able to calculate that it was moving 33,000 miles per hour.

58 people witnessed another fireball on November 13, 2021 between 4:30 pm and 4:50 pm. All reports were located in several states across the country. It was said that the fireball only lasted about 3.5 seconds flying through the sky that day. According to the AMS site, as it was soaring through the sky at its brightest, it rivaled the full moon.

It is said that the brighter it becomes the rarer it is. If you managed to see the fireball or the SpaceX rocket or even both, then you definitely have luck on your side.