Early Wednesday morning a truck driver witnessed a mysterious flash of light in the night sky on his drive through Pennsylvania.
The flash is suspected to have been a random meteor or fireball, with sightings reported throughout the Ohio and Pennsylvania area.
“A meteoroid is generally defined as an asteroid or comet fragment that orbits the Sun and has an approximate size between ten microns and about one meter. Meteors, or “shooting stars”, are the visible paths of meteoroids that entered the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed.
A fireball it is an unusually bright meteor that reaches a visual magnitude of -3 or brighter when viewed from the observer’s zenith. Objects that cause fireball events can exceed the size of one meter. Fireballs that explode in the atmosphere are technically named racing cars although the terms fireballs and bolides are often used interchangeably. “according to NASA.
The video was posted to YouTube by Trucker Beetle Bailey on September 30th.
“I am using a Garman DashCam mini and was traveling west on I-76 in Pennsylvania about 150 miles when I saw the streak of light cross the sky. There was also a sonic boom that illuminated the entire sky for about 3 or 4 seconds, ”Trucker Beetle Bailey said in the description.
Others who have noticed the same flash of light have taken to social media to report their sighting.