Over the course of the night, the American Meteor Society (AMS) received more than 400 reports of meteor sightings. NASA's Bill Cooke said the meteor was not part of the Taurids and was more likely a chunk of an asteroid.
Steve Sobel captured footage of a streaking light over Chicago, where there were at least nine reports from eyewitnesses of the mysterious object. These reports from Chicago turn out to be from a Red Bull publicity stunt.
"I looked up, and I just saw this bright light that looked kind of like a comet or something," Sobel told WGN-TV. "With the naked eye you could see fragments coming off the back of it, like it was something burning up."
In North Carolina, residents of Greensboro, High Point, Asheville, Fayetteville and Raleigh reported seeing a fireball around 6:20 p.m., about an hour before Sobel's sighting.
Meanwhile, people in western Japan have reported sightings of a green sparkling light (see above) racing across the sky on Monday evening.
A remote controlled camera at Fukuoka airport recorded an object emitting a strong green light, while another camera at Hakata port showed a faint orange light.
The celestial event took place over western Japan and was reported within a couple of hours of the series of US meteor sightings across the East Coast.
The colors are likely due to the presence of magnesium and sodium in the meteor itself that produce green and orange light, respectively, when subjected to extreme heat.
Green fireballs have been given natural, man-made, and extraterrestrial origins and have become associated with both the Cold War and ufology. Because of the extensive government paper trail on the phenomenon, many ufologists consider the green fireballs to be among the best documented examples of unidentified flying objects. Source.Most people today sense that all "green fireballs" are natural phenomena.
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