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              This Oct. 31, 1998 photo illustration provided by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory/ Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science, shows the Comet Giacobini-Zinner, a fairly frequent visitor to the inner solar system, was captured by the Kitt Peak 0.9-meter telescope in Tucson, Ariz.  North is up with east to the left.  Since the comet was moving across the sky fairly quickly, and since color images are made by combining successive exposures through three different filters, a conventional combination would have either a streaked comet or a set of colored dots for each star. To avoid this, the complete sequence of images, lasting over ninety minutes, was specially processed. All frames for one color were combined with filtering that removed the moving comet: this stars-only image was subtracted from each comet frame, and the comet frames were registered and summed with further filtering to remove any residuals. The two images, with stars only and with comet only, were then added together to produce a single-color image in which neither the comet nor the stars was trailed. These three frames were then united in the final color picture, shown here. (AP Photo/National Optical Astronomy Observatory/ Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science

Rare Fireball meteor sighting caught on camera

A rare fireball meteor briefly lit up the night sky on Friday evening, sparking interest ranging from Canada to the Carolinas.

Around 11:30pm ET Friday, a rare fireball meteor briefly lit up the night sky in a flash.

As of 9:23pm ET,on Saturday 949 sightings of the fireball were reported to the American Meteor Society. Skywatchers ranging from in Canada and the United States reported seeing the event.

Angela McClain, the skywatcher who took the picture, told WTOV 9 that when the meteor streaked through the sky that everything “lit up.”

Fireball meteor. Spaceweather.com

“It seemed like a bolt of lightning,” said John Kaminski, another witness, “The flash of it was just amazing. As I looked in the sky, it was just this ball flying through the air with this huge tail.”

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