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Fireball Reported Over DC Area

Patch logo Patch 12/11/2018 Dan Taylor
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A brilliant flash of light that experts believe is a "fireball," or a very bright meteor, was reported over the D.C. area Monday evening.

Reports came in right at about sunset, and the flash of light was described as bluish-white and moving eastward.

Reports appeared largely concentrated in the Northern Virginia area, such as Ashburn and Seven Corners, although one reported seeing it from the Kalorama neighborhood in D.C. and another saw it all the way out in Bel Air, Md.

As noted by the American Meteor Society, fireballs are used to described very bright meteors, which have about the same brightness as the planet Venus. A bolide is a special type of fireball that explodes at the end.

See also: Best Time To See Geminid Meteor Shower 2018 In NoVa, DC

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