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'East Coast Meteor' Sweeps Across Northern Virginia Sky

Hundreds of people have reported seeing the enormous fireball Friday night.

Goodness, gracious—that really was a great ball of fire in the sky.

People all over Northern Virginia have reported spotting a fireball in the sky Friday night around 8 p.m. The American Meteor Society, at the time of this writing, has over 300 pending reports of a fireball.

Have a picture of tonight's fireball? Share it here! 

Twitter and Facebook users described the amazing sight. @chuckywallace wrote, "Definitely saw it in Alexandria. My wife thought it was a flare! Very bright and lasted several solid seconds. There were two flashes as it continued to break apart."

Zane P., from Alexandria, wrote, "This one lasted a lot longer than most other fireballs I've seen. I expected sound as it kept getting closer, brighter and kept exploding. It exploded twice as it streaked across the sky."

So what is a fireball, anyway? Basically, it's a very bright meteor. The American Meteor Society describes it this way:

"A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation."

The society asks that anyone who spots a fireball record details on its website

danielle March 24, 2013 at 12:46 AM
We saw it in Chesapeake, VA it looked like it had a tail on fire. We thought it was a plane at first! Very cool!
Bud Sichler March 24, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Tonight.. friday night we saw a string of many objects, perhaps 50 fly over manassas va. They streamed from the north and proceeded south east. It was truely the most amazing thing I have ever seen. There have bee few reports. We called our neighbors and they witnessed it also.
Bud Sichler March 24, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Woops I meant to say Saturday night. It just happened
Jaime March 24, 2013 at 01:31 PM
We saw the same thing. Been trying to find out what they were. My 18 year old told me they were smaller meteors? My 9 year old wants to know for sure.
Steve Dingledine March 24, 2013 at 02:24 PM
My wife saw it from downtown DC. She thought a plane was about to crash.

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