Fireball spotted in sky above New York


It’s not a bird, plane or Superman.

A bright fireball dazzled onlookers from New York to North Carolina when it streaked across the sky early Wednesday morning.

More than 190 people reported seeing the gleaming rock between 6:35 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., in seven states on the East Coast, according to the American Meteor Society, a not-for-profit that tracks meteor sightings.

Video posted on Twitter shows what appears to be the fireball dipping down in the clear blue sky over West New York in Hudson County, N.J.

One person reported seeing the astronomical event in Flushing, Queens, at 6:35 a.m., and two minutes later, another lucky onlooker spotted the fireball from Pelham Parkway in the Bronx, AMS said.

A fireball is another term for a bright meteor, according to the AMS.

Thousands of fireballs and meteors occur in the earth’s atmosphere each day — but the majority of them either fly above oceans or are hidden by daylight, the AMS said.

“So, if you saw this one: congrats,” AMS said. “It’s a nice way start the year.”