Meteor Seen Over Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina on Thursday Night

February 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A fiery meteor was spotted over many area of Washington, DC; Virginia; North Carolina; and Maryland tonight, including Fairfax, Kensington, and Pentagon City.

“A white center with red tail, sinking and moving quickly,” said a Twitter user who spotted it over Kensington. 

“I was getting on 495 from 95 – it was huge! I was waiting for an explosion. Really cool,” said Julie Matthews via Facebook.

“Looked like a giant fireball,” said Brad Lowry, who saw it from Greensboro, NC.

“Saw one shoot over the National Mall; looked bright and green,” added Joe McMonigle.

Geoff Chester, with the U.S. Naval Observatory, told WTOP this was most likely a very bright type of meteor that is commonly referred to as a fireball.

“They occur on extremely clear nights and they generally get a lot of publicity when they happen,” Chester said.

They’re typically the size of a baseball or basketball, and burn up in the upper atmosphere of the Earth. 

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