A red moon wasn’t the only thing igniting the sky Sunday night.
Black Press editor Don Descoteau and his partner were out looking at the Super Blood Wolf Moon in front of their Saanich home when they spotted something else unusual in the southern skies.
“I happened to glance south over the housetops and saw this other object glowing bright red,” Descoteau said. “From our angle It seemed to hover for a bit, then all of a sudden there was a huge flaming tail that came off it. It fell straight down after that. I thought it might be someone’s drone blowing up, but other News readers indicated it was a meteor.”
When Descoteau tweeted about what he saw through the Victoria News Twitter account, many commented that they too noticed the flaming object.
I saw it too.
— Sue Stroud (@suestroud) January 21, 2019
University of Victoria astronomer Karun Thanjavur explained the “glowing object” was likely a meteorite – a pebble-sized piece of space rock shooting across the sky.
Meteorites, he said, are in the sky every night but we don’t typically see them because they are small and fast, disappearing from human view after only one to two seconds.
“Because people were looking up, the chances of seeing [a meteorite] were higher,” he said. “They are happening every night.”
Thanjavur said because the eclipse darkened the moon, any action happening in the sky – like meteorites – would be especially visible.
If you have footage of the lunar eclipse at 4.41 GMT check your image carefully…There might have been an impact during the eclipse! https://t.co/jBgVudsDPj
— chrislintott (@chrislintott) January 21, 2019