Received by the American Meteor Society. Fifty eyewitnesses described the fireball. As the sky rose over the front-line cities on Sunday morning, some observers captured their surprise in clear detail.
“I was looking down with my dog who wanted to go outside and the room, full of light like a room, pointed the headlights through the window (but it was the backyard that wasn’t near any street where that could happen).” Wrote from Highlands Ranch on AMS Event Reporting Portal. “I looked outside and saw the tail. It was more acclaimed than any meteor or ‘shooting star’ I have ever seen. I remembered the brightest part lasting 1-1.5 (seconds), the tail was visible for another 2-3 (seconds).
“Incredible, cool, mind-blowing,” wrote Troy G. of Denver.
Fireball, a term that describes unusually bright meteors, was spotted around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, moving from southwest to northeast. The focus was on front-range towns, but it was also seen in Douglas, View, and as far south as Ojo Calant, NM, in Edwards, 10 miles west of Valle.
“Walking my dog at 4:30 in the morning, a short bright flash also caught my dog’s attention,” wrote Linda C. of Englewood on the Alka Society site. “There was no sound, it was like a flash bulb that glows like the sun and it only lasts a fraction of a second.”
Ida M of Castle Rock said the light “turned night into day”, and Sweeney S of Boulder said her face was “agap” during the event.
“For the first time in my life I’ve ever heard of it,” wrote Grady H. of Littleton. “Great!!!”
According to the Meteor Society, thousands of fireballs enter the Earth’s atmosphere every day, but most of them disappear because they are in the oceans or uninhabited areas. There are still more days when they are not visible.