A fireball flew across North Texas last night, leading to hundreds of eyewitness reports of a bright flash and sonic boom from a meteor.
A ball of fire flew across North Texas last night, leading to hundreds of eyewitness reports of a bright flash and sonic boom. iety (AMS) has since recorded 213 fireball reports, including three videos. Witnesses were mainly in northeast Texas, but some reported seeing a fireball over Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Video footage of this fireball shows a large object sweeping across the sky for several seconds. Most people who saw the fireball were estimated to last 3 to 4 seconds. About 14 people who saw the object said it made a sound as it flew across the sky.
According to AMS, a fireball is any meteor that is about as bright as the planet Venus in the evening sky. As this NASA map shows, fireballs occur all over the world with regularity. According to NASA, these objects can start quite large, reaching over 3 feet (1 meter) in diameter, before the friction of the atmosphere begins to burn them. They usually do not survive to reach the ground, although some of the larger fireballs can explode into fragments that can be found by meteor hunters. Exploding balls of fire are known as fireballs.
The ubiquity of doorbell cameras, cell phones and DVRs means that many fireballs are now being filmed, such as the one that lit up the sky over tennessee last summer and bright green this surprised researchers aboard a ship in the Tasman Sea in the fall. The fireball that fell over Texas was preceded by a large meteor in just a few hours. explodes over Norway…
In March car big enough to be seen shook England, Wales and northern France with a sonic boom in the afternoon. A bolide over England in February scattered fragments of a meteorite over a large area, including access to one family…
Thousands of small meteorites land on Earth every year, although most of them fall imperceptibly into the ocean or into uninhabited areas. Many thousands more pieces of rock and cosmic dust are completely burned up in the atmosphere, visible only as meteors. The next best opportunity to see meteors is in August, when Earth will pass through the lingering debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, creating an annual meteor shower known as the Perseids. These meteors are too tiny and fragile to reach Earth, but they create a light show of up to 100 shooting stars per hour.
Originally published on Live Science