A resident in the US was able to photograph the fireball created by a meteor that flew over a city in Arizona. Aside from the fireball event, the photo also contains a train of SpaceX's Starlink satellites and the alignment of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The latest fireball incident occurred on April 14. It was documented by a Tucson resident named Eliot H.

Spotting The Meteor's Fireball

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Eliot filed the report regarding the fireball incident through the American Meteor Society's website. According to his report, the meteor appeared at around 7:00 am EDT. Although it was already daytime, the fireball produced by the meteor was still bright enough to be spotted from the ground. As indicated in Eliot's report, the meteor had a magnitude of -6, making it brighter than the planet Venus when it appeared.

Photobombers Of Fireball Event

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Photo of a fireball event photobombed by Starlink satellites and the Mars, Jupiter and Saturn conjunction. Eliot H./American Meteor Society https://www.amsmeteors.org/

Aside from the bright fireball produced by the meteor, the eyewitness noted that his photo also caught other cosmic objects in space. These include the train of satellites launched by SpaceX. Known as Starlink satellites, the trail left by the artificial constellation can be seen beside the meteor.

Eliot noted that SpaceX's satellites were not the only cosmic objects that appeared in his photo. The eyewitness noted that a cosmic conjunction could be seen near the photo of the photo. According to Eliot, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen lining up beside the Moon during a cosmic conjunction.

Other Notable Fireball Events

The meteor flying over Tucson wasn't the only fireball event that occurred on April 14. According to the American Meteor Society, different fireball events were spotted from different parts of the US on that date. Based on the reports compiled by the organization, these events occurred over Tennessee, Kansas, California and Washington.

According to the reports submitted by the eyewitnesses, the duration and magnitude of the fireball event varied. The longest ones lasted for about 3.5 seconds before disappearing in the sky. According to an eyewitness from Los Angeles, the meteor that appeared over the area had a magnitude of -20, which was bright enough to illuminate the night sky over the region. The eyewitness also noted that the meteor triggered a loud explosion before it disappeared.