A mysterious bright flash tore across the #Phoenix
sky last night, sparking fresh fears of #UFOs
and alien invaders.
But, it’s likely the fireball was a tiny chunk of space rock burning up in our atmosphere.
The remarkable object was spotted by numerous people in the area, with reports streaming in from Arizona and the surrounding states, including #California, #Nevada, #Utah
The stunning video, captured with a Nest security camera, shows the moment an object appears over the city. It at first appears a tiny orb in the night sky, before quickly blossoming to become a massive flash that illuminates the clouds.
is one of several sources of meteoric activity brightening the skies this month.
The Leonids will peak on November 17th, with the new moon.
While moonless conditions will make for better viewing, the shower itself is not expected to produce a high number of shooting stars.
According to NASA, viewers may see up to 10 meteors an hour, around 3:00 a.m.
The Leonid meteor shower is born from the debris of comet 55P/ Tempel-Tuttle. ‘Something BRILLIANT just flew across the Phoenix sky around 8:30 this evening!’ the City of Phoenix, AZ tweeted last night. ‘Check out what our Phoenix City Cam Captured! Look to the right of this screen.’ The stunning video, captured with a Nest security camera, shows the moment an object appears over the city.
It at first appears a tiny orb in the night sky, before quickly blossoming to become a massive flash that illuminates the clouds.
Excited observers were quick to share their own stories, too. ‘We saw the sky light up not far from #Flagstaff!,’
Twitter user Debora Lee Soltez wrote in reply. ‘We were driving north, so didn’t see the meteor, just the sky lighten up then the flash…bright enough to see the trees along the road.’ 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾