A truck driver witnessed a mysterious flash of light across the night sky on his drive through Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning.
The flash is suspected to have been a random meteor or fireball, with sightings being reported across 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 a meter or so. Meteors, or “shooting stars,” are the visible paths of meteoroids that have entered the Earth’s atmosphere at high velocities.
A fireball is an unusually bright meteor that reaches a visual magnitude of -3 or brighter when seen at the observer’s zenith. Objects causing fireball events can exceed one meter in size. Fireballs that explode in the atmosphere are technically referred to as bolides although the terms fireballs and bolides are often used interchangeably.” according to NASA.
The video was posted on YouTube by Trucker Beetle Bailey on Sept. 30.
“I’m using a Garman DashCam mini and I was traveling west on I-76 in Pennsylvania approximately the 150-mile-marker when I saw the streak of light go across the sky. There was also a sonic boom and it lit up the whole entire sky for about 3 to 4 seconds,” said Trucker Beetle Bailey in the description.
Others who spotted the same flash of light took to social media to report their sighting.