Moment fireball lights up the Idaho sky in the middle of the night

Amazing moment fireball lights up the Idaho sky turning night into day

  • Jordan Ragsdale was using an AllSkyCam from AMS at 10:52pm local time on Saturday evening when they captured the fireball from Eagle, Idaho 
  • In the video, a cloud cover can be seen when a meteor darts down behind the clouds, suddenly causing the entire sky to light up bright blue for a second 
  • Then, a big blinding flash occurs before suddenly the sky goes very dark, the meteor temporarily the only thing visible 
  • Just as quickly, the sky returns to its former state of being before the meteor entered the screen 
  • Later that night, the fireball was also seen above the skies in neighboring Montana, captured by the Montana Learning Center 

Stunning video shows the moment a fireball lit up the Idaho sky in the middle of the night so it appeared to be daytime in the state for a brief instant.

Jordan Ragsdale was using an AllSkyCam from AMS at 10:52pm local time on Saturday evening when they captured the fireball from Eagle, Idaho.

In the video, a cloud cover can be seen when a meteor darts down behind the clouds, suddenly causing the entire sky to light up bright blue for about a second.

Then, a big blinding flash occurs before suddenly the sky goes very dark, the meteor temporarily the only thing visible.

Just as quickly, the sky returns to its former state of being before the meteor entered the screen.

Stunning video shows the moment a fireball lit up the Idaho sky in the middle of the night, an object so bright that it appeared to be daytime in the state for a brief instant

Jordan Ragsdale was using an AllSkyCam from AMS at 10:52pm local time on Saturday evening when they captured the fireball from Eagle, Idaho

Ragsdale posted two different angles of the moment to YouTube, where it has racked up over 37,000 views.

The fireball is made possible when a meteor is larger than approximately a millimeter in diameter, reports KTVH. Larger meteors can create larger flashes.

Later that night, the fireball was also seen above the skies in neighboring Montana, captured by the Montana Learning Center.

The MLC used an All Sky Fireball Camera System to capture their video of the fireball.

Watch here as the recent fireball entered our atmosphere above Canyon Ferry Lake. #Astronomy, #Montana, #BigSkyCountry

Their system gives a 3D atmospheric trajectory of meteors in the sky, recording their velocity and magnitude.

It can also detect pre-atmospheric mass estimate for the meteoroid, as well as determine the orbit of the meteoroid before it makes impact on Earth.

The phenomenon was seen there at 4:14am above Canyon Ferry, creating a flash bright enough that a person could’ve seen their own shadow in the dead of night.

The meteor was likely big enough to make it all the way to the ground somewhere. It was traveling around 18,000mph on Saturday. 

A cloud cover can be seen when a meteor darts down behind the cloud

The meteor suddenly caused the entire sky to light up bright blue for about a second

It’s not yet clear where the meteor may have entered orbit or where it may have ended its journey. 

‘Meteorites, the ones that we track are usually about the size of a pebble,’ MLC Executive Director Ryan Hannahoe told KTVH.

‘This guy is literally larger than a basketball. It is that kind of rock.’

The entire sky is blue as the meteor lights up the nighttime sky

Then, a big blinding flash occurs before suddenly the sky goes very dark, the meteor temporarily the only thing visible

The American Meteor Society claims thousands of fireballs happen every day, but many go unnoticed, such as ones that happen during the day or ones that happen over the ocean.

Nevertheless, this fireball sparked some concern in the YouTube comments of another video posted from Idaho.

‘Clearly that was a Transformer coming to Earth. I hope it’s an Autobot,’ commented one user.

‘Nah, that was just Mark Zuckerberg’s family coming in for a visit,’ said another, mocking the Facebook founder.

Kiki Rose posted, ‘That was baby Superman entering Earth’s atmosphere..’

‘So many good jokes here, you guys rock, no pun intended,’ another user said, pun almost definitely intended. 

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