Some East Coast residents could have witnessed a fireball streaking throughout the evening sky final week. However for many who did not, a video launched by the American Meteor Society confirmed simply how vibrant one in North Carolina appeared.
In line with the group, a fireball is one other time period for a meteor so vibrant that it illuminates greater than Venus, which is broadly thought of the brightest planet in our photo voltaic system.
The video shared by the group got here from a house porch digicam in Rowland Pond, North Carolina, round 15 miles south of Raleigh, round 7:40 p.m. native time on Friday, in keeping with NASA. The company mentioned 80 folks reported that they noticed the fireball rip via North Carolina sky. The video has gained over 159,000 views on YouTube.
“There were many reports of at least 5 fireballs seen over the United States last night,” NASA mentioned in a Fb publish. “An analysis of these accounts shows that the meteor skimmed the coast of North Carolina, becoming visible 48 miles above the ocean off Camp Lejeune, moving northeast at 32,000 miles per hour. It disintegrated 28 miles above Morehead City, after traveling 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere.”
The American Meteor Society mentioned they obtained 148 reviews of a fireball seen in Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia on the identical evening.
The unbelievable pace of the fireball is frequent, however they’ll attain as much as 160,000 miles per hour as they enter Earth’s ambiance earlier than quickly decelerating, in keeping with the American Meteor Society. NASA says fireballs do not sometimes keep intact whereas passing via Earth’s ambiance, and generally fragments, or meteorites, could be recovered on the bottom.
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