Wednesday October 6 2021
On Tuesday evening, a fireball was seen over western Pennsylvania and Ohio. At least 3 dozen reports were sent in to the American Meteor Society around 8:18 PM EDT. They are plotted in the map below.
What is more compelling is the event was captured on a web cam facing over Pittsburgh, PA and shared by The National Weather Service.
Contrast this with our last report of just audio from a daytime meteor. If you forgot, that report and five others over the prior 12 months is listed at the bottom of this report.
Fireball Streak: Composite Image
Here we can see impressive view of the long lasting fireball of the urban area of Pittsburgh.
Eyewitness reports said this was green in color.
The color of the light indicated the composition or material burning in the atmosphere.
- Green = Nickel
- Yellow – Sodium
- Magnesium – bright blue/white
Here was the event shared by National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.
Did anyone see the meteor earlier this evening?
This is the zoom in from a cam looking southwest towards downtown Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/qfRznxXVql
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) October 6, 2021
Map of Sighting Reports
The concentration of vidsual confirmations was in Western Pennsylvania to central Ohio. The AMS triangulated the reports to suggest where the path was. This is identified on the map by a blue arrow.
Satellite Loop: Why We Missed It
Here in the Mid Atlantic, we might have been able to view this, of the weather cooperated. WE had cloud cover blocking our portion of the sky. We may have had a chance to view this if it was clear.
Here is the Infrared Satellite from Tuesday 8 PM to 9:30 PM. It may be hard to see, but low clouds not colored in here also dominated over much of north central Maryland to Pennsylvania. The clearing around Pittsburgh is shown in the dark shading over southwester PA.
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