Skies across Chicago and as far south as Georgia were aglow Monday night as an emerald-tinted fireball was spotted shortly after 6:20 p.m. EST.
The American Meteor Society received over 200 reports of the astronomical phenomenon. Witnesses described the fireball as having a vivid green color as it dashed across evening skies.
A dashboard camera from a police car captured raw footage of the streaking fireball in West Virginia on Monday evening.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker, viewing conditions could have been enhanced due to a veil of high clouds that stretched across much of the Ohio into the Tennessee Valley and areas farther southeast.
"The clouds would probably have reflected light from the fireball," he said.
At the time of the event, clouds were hovering at a high level, roughly 25,000 feet which is too high to interfere with sky viewing.
While meteors break apart in the atmosphere every day and fireballs are not rare spectacles on a global scale, they are not as common as a typical shooting star.
In a September interview with AccuWeather.com, American Meteor Society Spokesman Robert Lunsford said that fireballs are much larger than typical meteors. Still, catching sight of one is a rare feat.
"On a personal level, you may see one or two of them per lifetime," Lunsford said. "They're pretty rare for the individual."
Similar sightings occurred in Japan on Monday as footage from an local airport captured the glowing fireball darting across clear skies.