Jul 13, 2014 7:20 PM by Cecilia Stevenson

Super Moon, Shooting Stars and Fireballs in the Night Sky

Saturday night was not only a great time to see the Super Moon but also an extra terrestrial sighting, or was it?

Some people in Acadiana and surrounding areas saw two objects lighting up the night sky; a Super Moon and something else?

Reports of a meteor or shooting star started about 9:10 p.m. Saturday. The American Meteor Society has received over 50 reports from AL, FL, LA, MS and TX about the phenomenon.

The KATC Facebook page received almost 300 shares and 600 comments!

According to the American Meteor Society the sighting may have been a fireball or a bolide fireball. The AMS describes a fireball as a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.

Last nights sighting is described as AMS Event 1483. You can share your experience here.



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