A Fireball Was Spotted Zooming Across The Sky In New Jersey, See The Footage

If you head outside late tonight, you just might be lucky enough to spot a meteor. The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend over New Jersey and stargazers may be able to spot 10-20 meteors per hour. The Orionid Shower, created by debris from Halley’s Comet, is known to produce some of the fastest and brightest meteors. The best time to view will be from midnight until just before dawn. However, meteors don’t only come out after dark.

According to the American Meteor Society, over 200 people reported spotting a ball of light zip across the sky Wednesday afternoon. At around 2:40 p.m., it streaked from the northwest to the southeast. It was seen primarily from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire. That ball of light was likely a particularly large meteor, also known as a fireball. Below, you can see a map highlighting witness locations and the estimated trajectory.

If you didn’t catch the meteor, it appears a dash cam did. This footage was filmed in Sea Girt, New Jersey and uploaded to YouTube by user RadCakes:

Did you catch the fireball? Will you be watching the meteor shower tonight? Let us know in the comments. For more one-of-a-kind footage captured in New Jersey, click here.