Bright Daytime Fireball over Long Island, NY

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Nearly 200 fireball reports from 9 states

The AMS has received nearly 200 reports so far about of a daytime fireball event seen above NY State on October 18th, 2017 around 03:00pm EDT (19:00 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from New York and New Jersey but was also seen from Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire.

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Witness Location and first estimated ground trajectory – AMS Event #3837-2017

The event has been caught on tape and reported to the AMS by R. Wade from

The preliminary 3D trajectory computed based on all the reports submitted to the AMS shows that the Fireball was traveling from North East to South West and ended its flight somewhere above the Nantucket Canyon in the Atlantic Ocean.

First estimated 3D trajectory – AMS Event #3837-2017



  • thomas r cox 1 month ago

    I was fishing just north of sea bright public beach around 3:00 yesterday, and out of nowhere a bright pink object appeared in front of me, mic d in with the gulls. Didn’t look like it was in the atmosphere, looked to me like it was within a few hundred yards. Again did not appear to be far away. I have seen plenty of fireballs in my life. This object appeared to be metallic pink and was moving slowly and accelerated away from me heading south. It was almost as if it was sitting still for a moment. Then shot away from me with a bright green flash. Meteor? What ever you say. I say, NOPE.

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    • angela wang 1 month ago

      It’s probably just a atmospheric air combustion. The air traps light and the light reacts. Was it on a cold day or fairly warm.

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  • Douglas Clark 1 month ago

    How do you figure it’s over Long Island this picture is in Sea Girt, New Jersey….

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  • JONI 1 month ago

    It went over north of me in Preston CT. I could hear it before I saw it.

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    • Marc 1 month ago

      You couldn’t hear it first. Sound travels much slower than light!

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      • Jim 1 month ago

        Huh … He could have heard it first and looked later, as often happens with airplanes and lots of other moving objects.

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  • Marc 1 month ago

    I saw this from bedford nh while I was driving south!

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    • Marie 1 month ago

      I saw this driving from Manchester NH – it crossed directly in front of me, going west / north-west. Very quick, then it was gone. I was going South, just after the Airport exit. It looked very close, not up in the atmosphere.

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  • Betty 1 month ago

    Saw it in Staten Island! Most amazing thing I ever seen

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  • Anton Szautner 1 month ago

    Note: an error calls for correction. The fireball traveled from northwest to southeast, NOT “from North East to South West”.

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  • Jason 1 month ago

    Was it the chinese space station that is known to be out of control and soon to crash into our atmosphere ?

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    • Tom 1 month ago

      Too soon. Should be in a few months.

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  • Ed 1 month ago

    I saw in it Queens NY -it was low and left no trail . Also it was moving horizontally in a straight line

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