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VIDEOS: Did you see it? Apparent meteor lights up Valley sky

Posted at 7:17 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 20:07:45-05

PHOENIX — Did you see it? A fireball lit up the sky around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, surprising people around the Valley and across Arizona.

The American Meteor Society has received multiple reports of the meteor sighting across Arizona and neighboring states.

"This does appear to be a bright meteor as observations are spread out from southern California, southern Utah, and Arizona," Robert Lunsford with the American Meteor Society said Wednesday.

Mike Hankey, the Operations Manager for the American Meteor Society, says that for one area geographically to get fireballs back to back is unusual.
Meteors can be seen almost any time of year, but February tends to be more active for fireballs. The reason for that is still not entirely understood.

"The hard thing about this is it takes a long time or a large geographic area to connect enough data to make these conclusions," Hankey said.

We may not be done yet with the fireballs. AMS says that fireball activity starts to wind down in April.

Did you see it? Send your photos and video to share@abc15.com.

The American Meteor Society shared this video, captured by Robert Ward/AllSkyCams.com.

Meteor footage over Arizona

Some security cameras in the Valley captured video of the fireball, like this one from Alexa Napier.

Meteor streaks across Valley sky

A car reflection captured the meteor in this video from local resident Michael Allen.

Apparent meteor flies over Phoenix

Andrea Marsolek shared another angle of the meteor, showing it streaking across the sky in front of her home.

Meteor sighting in Arizona

Cara Germaine shared this video from her Ring camera.

Meteor from Ring camera

"This is the best time of the month to view meteor activity as the moon will not be a factor at all," the American Meteor Society said in their Meteor Activity Outlook for the week, noting the moon's current phase.

Earlier this month, a meteor reportedly fell over the Prescott area. It was confirmed after a loud boom was reported in Yavapai County. A second loud boom was reported in Yavapai County days later, but the cause has not been determined.