Amazing fireball streaks through West Virginia sky (PHOTO)

Last Friday, at 11:33 p.m., a brilliant fireball streaked across the sky in the Ohio Valley. It was seen as far west as Illinois and as far east as West Virginia.

Capital Weather Gang reader Alex Parlini was photographing the stars in Dolly Sods, WV when, by chance, the fireball zipped through his field of view.  Here’s the result:

Fireball on September 27 at 11:33 p.m. as photographed from Dolly Sods, WV (Alex Parlini)

Fireball on September 27 at 11:33 p.m. as photographed from Dolly Sods, WV (Alex Parlini, view high-res)

The American Meteor Society received over 1,100 reports of this fireball, making it the second most observed event in its record.

Heat map showing concentration of meteor (fireball) sightings on Sept. 27 (American Meteor Society)

Heat map showing concentration of meteor (fireball) sightings on Sept. 27 (American Meteor Society)

“It was huge, scared everyone in the car it was so bright,” reported an eyewitness in McConnelsville, Ohio (via the American Meteor Society).

“It was the largest, most spectacular and beautiful meteor I have ever been blessed to see,” added another observer from Kentucky (via the American Meteor Society).

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