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Two very rare fireballs burning almost exactly 24 hours apart over the US and Canada

In the span of just one day, two rare fireballs have been spotted in the skies of North America.

A “unique” meteor was shot over Canada and the United States on Tuesday, the Weather Network reported.

Two rare fireballs have been spotted in the skies of North America over the course of a day.

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Two rare fireballs have been spotted in the skies of North America over the course of a day.
A map showing where the meteors were sighted

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A map showing where the meteors were sightedCredit: American Meteor Society

And almost exactly 24 hours later, another meteor was seen over much the same area.

In addition, the fiery meteors came from entirely different parts of the sky.

The first object became visible Tuesday at 9:48 p.m. Central Time as it darted across the night sky.

According to the American Meteor Society, witnesses first spotted the fireball about 25 miles north of Erwood, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

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Then the meteor changed direction for about five seconds as it shot southwest.

It eventually faded west of Fosston, Saskatchewan.

The spectacular event was also observed in neighboring areas including southern Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan and North Dakota in the northern United States.

And then, on Wednesday March 23 at 21:47 CT, a second meteor was observed coming from a different point in space over the same areas.

Many users who witnessed the astronomical events took to social media to express their awe.

“A fireball this large and bright is exceptionally rare for one person to see,” Scott Young, the planetarium astronomer at the Manitoba Museum, told CBC Manitoba on Wednesday.

“If you are a dedicated sky gazer and spend your whole life at it, you are lucky to see two. But I mean, it’s really a one-off event,” Young added.

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Meteors are rocky objects, sometimes made of ice, that shoot into Earth’s atmosphere from space.

They often travel at speeds of up to hundreds of thousands of kilometers per hour

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