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Meteor lights up the Arizona sky

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Still frame from video shot by John Duhigg of a suspected meteor streaking across Arizona. Still frame from video shot by John Duhigg of a suspected meteor streaking across Arizona.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Within seconds of the night sky lighting up with what appears to have been a extraordinarily bright meteor, social media also lit up with reported sightings.

From Las Vegas, to Phoenix, to Tucson, Twitter users reported seeing the bright object streak across the horizon. Many also reported hearing a sonic boom. Ali Boelts wrote, "I also heard a big explosion about 90 seconds later west of the city!"

Richard Romero Tweeted, "it lit up the entire sky as I was taking garbage can out front, right over Picture Rocks area heading west."

John Duhigg captured the meteor on video and posted it on YouTube with the caption, "video of a meteor streaking over Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport today at 19:11."

It's not known yet if the meteor hit the ground. Tucson News Now Meteorologist Aaron Pickering believes Tuesday night's meteor could be part of the Geminids meteor shower.

http://meteorshowersonline.com reports, "this meteor shower gets the name "Geminids" because it appears to radiate from the constellation Gemini. An observer in the Northern Hemisphere can start seeing Geminid meteors as early as December 6, when one meteor every hour or so could be visible. During the next week, rates increase until a peak of 50-80 meteors per hour is attained on the night of December 13/14. The last Geminids are seen on December 18, when an observer might see a rate of one every hour or so."

If you captured video or a picture of Tuesday night's meteor, be sure to upload your image at pics.TucsonNewsNow.com.

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