A meteorite in Boston, MA tonight (Nov. 21, 2009)?

We saw something falling from the sky tonight, about 5:45 p.m.  We were heading west on Rte. 95, not yet at the Rte. 93 interchange.  It was shining bright — I say green, Sophie says white — and the light went out just before it would have hit the ground.

When we got to our party, other people there saw it, too, and they were south of Medford when they saw it.  So it definitely was very bright and heading somewhere in the Burlington area.

If you saw it, too, please post a comment and describe what you saw!

6 thoughts on “A meteorite in Boston, MA tonight (Nov. 21, 2009)?”

  1. I saw one tonight (Sat Nov 21), but earlier, at 5:48 PM. I was in Wellesley, it appeared to be quite nearby. It was in the west / NW, moving down from the zenith; it was bright for between 2 and 4 seconds, then suddenly went out about 30 degrees above the horizon.

    I wonder if they might have been stray Leonids?

  2. I saw it about 23h00 last night South Africa time (East of Johannesburg)heading North West, Green (bright) for about 5 seconds. Biggest or brightest meteorite I’ve ever seen!

    Could be the same one?

  3. Doubtless these are three different objects, but they may be related in that they may all be from the same debris field that generates the annual Leonid meteor shower (which are contributed to by remains of Comet Tempel-Tuttle) which nominally peaked Thursday morning.

  4. Andrew — I typed in the time wrong — it was around 5:45, same time you saw it. I guess everyone had a little light show last night. Thanks for posting.

    South Africa is 7 hours ahead of us (it would have been 12:45 am), so that must have been a different one.

  5. I saw this in Brookline, azimuth approx due west (that can be refined if desired); 11/21/2009 at 5:47pm EST. Beginning appearance was at elevation 40o (may be underestimate). Final at 20o. Speed roughly 20o/sec, due vertical. Brightness -4 (about = Venus). No explosion at end. I submitted this to some astro website which I cannot find now, and have not heard back from.

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