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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... meteor?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... meteor?
Meteor caught by IMFT security cameras in Lehi, Utah. (Image Courtesy KSL.com)

While this is technically not weather related, a lot of people thing meteorologists deal with meteors, so this blog post will be right up their alley.

According to Spaceweather.com, there was a spectacular fireball that streaked across the western states on Wednesday.

Salt Lake City TV News site KSL.com says a fast-moving meteor lit up the night skies over most of Utah just after midnight Wednesday. Moments later, the phones lit up their switchboard as people across the state called to tell them what they saw and ask what it was.

Professor David Kieda, chair of the University of Utah's astronomy department, told KSL.com the energy of the meteor coming into Earth's atmosphere was so powerful it has to be measured in Terawatts.

"It's almost like the consumption of the United States all at once. It was a fraction of a second," Kieda said.

Here is a collection of videos that came into the station:

 

If this sounds familiar, it might be because a similar event happened here over the Seattle area -- actually twice. Once on June 3, 2004, and again on Feb. 18, 2008.