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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 05/11/2010

Meteor spotted in Gaithersburg

By Washington Post editors

Early-morning commuters in Maryland and as far away as Pittsburgh and Massachusetts were startled Monday by what was likely a spectacular meteor that crossed the sky in the pre-dawn darkness, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Dawn Teagle Dobbs spotted the fireball as she drove south on Interstate 270 near Gaithersburg at 4:47 a.m. "At first I thought it was a shooting star, but it was huge and bright green with a tail," she wrote in a post to The Baltimore Sun's Weather Blog.

Similar reports were posted to the blog from all across Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore, and as far off as Ashburn, Va., Pittsburgh, Greencastle and Gettysburg, Pa., and New Jersey and central Massachusetts.

The fireball sighting was at least the third such spectacle for Marylanders in less than a year.


By Washington Post editors  | May 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

aren't shooting stars technically meteors?
haha

Posted by: beaupre33 | May 11, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"it was huge and bright green with a tail," are we sure this wasn't a dragon?

Posted by: WashingtonPostMustDie | May 11, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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