Toronto meteor

A huge fireball streaked across Toronto last night

Did you see it? A huge fireball streaked across Toronto last night. While the celestial event eerily corresponded to Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off home run in the 11th inning of the Jays wildcard game, it was bright enough to cause real concern on the part of some people who observed it.

According to a report from the American Meteor Society (AMS), "Toronto police and fire services received multiple calls about a 'plane crashing into the Toronto Harbour,' but luckily it was just a fireball in the night sky." There were over 280 official sightings of the fireball to the AMS, and many more to local authorities.

Based on the eyewitness reports, the track of the meteor has been placed in Western New York, but the majority of sightings came from Ontario. The University of Toronto's Scarborough Observatory caught the fireball as part of timelapse coverage that shows it erupting in the southern sky.

The meteor was likely part of the cosmic debris formed by Halley's Comet, which crashes into Earth each October.


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