Some individuals thought it was lightning, others thought it was a meteorite, or possibly neighbors setting off firecrackers.
Yet the splendid blaze that lit up the sky over Prince Edward Island furthermore, around the Maritimes around 9 p.m. Tuesday night was likely a splendid meteor called a fireball, says David Path, an astronomer and director of the observatory at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
David Path says the fireball was probably a meteor.
“We do not know how fast it was going. We do not know what it was made of, so a lot of it is just a wild guess as to how big it was or what orbit it was around the sun,”
Paul Aitken was traveling east on Route 3 past Cherry Valley when he saw the blaze in the sky toward the east.
“It looked like lightning. I thought, big flash, it was kind of strange this time of year to be lightning. One complete flash and that’s it,” he said.
Paul Aitken says he tries to keep his cam inside arm’s span; however the fireball was too quick for him.
Kendall Docherty, who was heading toward Montague when he saw the fireball, likewise thought it was lightning.
“We looked in time to actually see it and you could see this big ball. Once it got closer to earth, it got really bright and then it just kind of faded away. It almost looked like a falling star as it fell,” Docherty described his sighting.
Kendall Docherty said the fireball resembled a falling star.
Jessica D’Amico was in the Eastlink Centre parking garage chatting on the telephone with her mother.
“There was something blue in the sky and it just exploded, some big flash just happened. I do not think she really believed me at first. But after a while, she realized I did see something,” as stated by D’Amico.
“I knew it might have been a meteor or something. It was just really exciting. I was not scared or anything. It was really exciting that I actually saw something like that because it does not really happen very often.”
Discovering where a shooting star arrived is an uncommon event, say researchers. Indeed, only one has ever been found in the Maritimes.