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Britt singer got a natural light show

One week ago while attending The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "50 Years of Dirt" at the Britt Festival, a meteor appeared around 7 p.m. The opening performance by Will Hogue was going on, and above the stage this beautiful meteor moved from right to left. It lasted about 10 seconds (seemed like longer), and the crowd oohed and aahed. We, and the others in our group have been checking the paper for some reference to this sight, but have seen nothing. Hopefully someone got a pic/video of it. Do you know anything about this?

— Joe in Talent

Can confirm, Joe. Something definitely crested the night sky and traced a fiery arc on Sept. 15, and it wasn't a bird, plane or Superman. 

One of our vigilant Since You Asked crew members was also in attendance at the Britt show, and he saw the whole thing (which he thought lasted six or seven seconds, but felt longer). Like most of those in attendance, he oohed and aahed. Actually, he cheered. Probably too loudly (he's got a thing for outer space stuff). That singer must have thought he had that crowd wrapped around his finger, huh?

Seems others also caught the sky show. No surprise, considering how you described it. Anyone who spots a meteor, fireball (meteors that glow unusually bright) and bolides (meteors that explode in the atmosphere, also causing a bright glow), can report it to the American Meteor Society on their website. Several submissions from Rogue Valley residents are in there for an event that happened the evening of Sept. 15.

"Sitting in the backyard as the moon was rising and (a) large yellow, red, orange ball streaked across the sky with a brilliant white tail," one respondent writes.

"Incredible, much bigger than a shooting star," another writes.

And then there's this one: "We were at an outdoor concert and it appeared from the left side of the band shell and I observed it until it was hidden by a building."

Friend of yours, Joe?

Despite the brightness of this fireball, there's little chance any remains will be found.

"Most likely, it's going to burn up," says Robert Black, North Medford High School astronomy teacher and planetarium director. "These things last long enough to heat up and actually break apart and cause the atmosphere to luminescence and excite the gas in the atmosphere."

We're with you, Joe. Hopefully someone recorded this. Anyone who did should feel free to send photos or videos our way and we'll happily share them.

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