The American Meteor Society has received numerous reports regarding two large fireballs spotted over the North Eastern United States on the evening of May 1st.
The first event happened around 9:30 EST and was seen from Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania. Witness reports indicate the fireball occurred somewhere over North-Central New York.
Below is a map of the witness reports and estimated fireball trajectory. Click the image to read the witness reports and view an interactive map for this event.
Two hours and fifteen minutes later at 11:45, witnesses from Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia reported a bright fireball meteor over central Pennsylvania.
Below is a map of the witness reports and estimated trajectory for the second fireball event.
With the peak of the Eta Aquarids just a few days away, one might guess these events are related to the meteor shower, however due to the timing and location this is not likely. First, both of these fireballs occurred several hours before the Eta Aquarids radiant had even risen. Secondly the radiants for these fireballs were no where near the Eta Aquarids radiant. Event 967 which occurred first, started in the west and headed east , this would place its radiant on the opposite side of the sky from the meteor shower radiant. The second event also happened more than 4 hours before the Eta Aquarids radiant had risen, and this fireball originated in the south west, heading north east, placing its radiant far from that of the meteor shower as well.
If you witnessed either event please complete an official fireball report.