Green fireball seen over bay


BAR HARBOR — A meteor that plunged straight out of the sky here on Nov. 18 may have impacted in Frenchman Bay.

Retired science teacher Bob Chaplin was heading out of town on Route 3 in an area known as the Bluffs just after 6:30 p.m. when a brilliant flash and streak of green light out over the bay caught his attention.

Monday, Nov. 18, was forecast to be one of the peak nights for viewing the annual Lenoids Meteor Shower. As many as 60 to 100 meteors per hour can be seen during peak times.

Several other area residents reported seeing the same fireball.

According to a reporting website administered by the American Meteor Society (AMS), green light from a meteor often indicates the presence of nickel.

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Earl Brechlin

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Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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