This is one of the biggest fireballs ever photographed. Astrophotographer Wally Pacholka photographed it during the annual Geminid Meteor Shower, in California's Mojave Desert the other day. Did someone — or something — hitch a ride on this bad boy?
I saw a fireball in the sky over Vermont when I was in college, so it must have been 1997 or so. My god, the thing was huge. It looked larger than this to my eye, and it was less of a "streak" and more a ball trailing a tail of sparks. it was totally amazing.