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Early risers see apparent meteor streak across Western sky

February 26, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Early risers in several Western states reported seeing what appeared to be a meteor streaking across the sky before dawn.

The American Meteor Society received multiple reports from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Utah about the fireball.

“This does appear to be a bright meteor as observations are spread out from Southern California, southern Utah, and Arizona,” observer Robert Lunsford with the American Meteor Society told KNXV-TV.

The phenomenon was captured on video by meteorite hunter Robert Ward in Prescott, Arizona, and posted on the organization’s website. It was also captured by a video camera mounted on Phoenix City Hall.

“This is the best time of the month to view meteor activity as the moon will not be a factor at all,” the American Meteor Society said in their Meteor Activity Outlook for the week, noting the moon’s current phase.