Fireworks weren’t the only thing lighting up the sky this past weekend.
A video posted to the Idaho Weather Watchers Facebook page on July 4 by member Jordan Ragsdale captured a massive fireball blazing across the sky over Eagle, Idaho, in the Boise Foothills the previous evening around 10:52 PM MDT. Eyewitness reports submitted to the American Meteor Society indicate that the epic fireball was also visible in parts of Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
In the video, which was originally posted to Ragsdale’s Instagram, the meteor is seen plummeting toward the earth before exploding in the atmosphere, creating what’s known as a bolide. The footage is both eerie and extraordinary as the bolide stains the cloudy night sky a glowing green-blue, then creates a blinding white flash, bursts into a fiery ball for a split second, and finally extinguishes as the meteor continues to fall.
Meteors burning up in Earth’s atmosphere is not uncommon. In fact, it’s a daily occurrence. Visible fireballs like the one seen this past weekend only occur roughly once per year, on the other hand, with the largest among them only occurring once every two to three years.
If you missed this one, check out the video below to witness the epic phenomenon.