Comet in the starry sky.

File photo. Photo Credit: Trifonov_Evgeniy (iStock).

A giant fireball soared across the night sky just west of Denver on Tuesday evening, surely sending chills and confusion down the viewers' spines.

9NEWS shared a video of the fireball captured by Erik Velez. It has been revealed to be what scientist Naomi Paquette is describing as "a bright meteor, a large chunk of space rock that’s falling through the earth’s atmosphere." 

In the video, the stargazers can be heard gasping while saying, "What is that? Oh my god," as a blazing bright fireball streaks across the night sky.

While it may seem strange, the giant fireball was likely caused by the peak of two meteor showers, the Alpha Capricornids (active from July 3rd to August 15th), and Southern Delta Aquariids (active from July 12th to August 23rd). The double peak of the showers, from Tuesday evening into the early morning hours of Wednesday, could explain the rare phenomenon.

These meteors may have also even left some debris behind in some areas of Golden. Read more about that here with 9NEWS.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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