It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … fireball?
A newly released video by the American Meteor Society shows a fireball moving through the sky over North Carolina last Friday.
According to NASA meteor clock, the phenomenon was seen in North Carolina after 7:30 pm, one of several fireball sightings in the US that night.
A NASA analysis said the meteor “skimmed the North Carolina coast,” notorious to tourists about 48 miles above the ocean in Jacksonville, North Carolina, streaking across the sky at 32,000 mph.
Meteorites generally enter Earth’s atmosphere at 25,000 to 160,000 mph, however, they “decelerate rapidly” as they travel through the atmosphere, according to the nonprofit organization. American Meteor Society.
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The fireball traveled 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere and then disintegrated 28 miles above the town of Morehead.
Up to 150 people in Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia also reported having seen a streaked fireball cuts through their states, reports AMS.
Friday’s fireball was captured on two different videos, one video presented by AMS with more than 200,000 visits.
So what exactly is a “fireball”? Fireballs, experts say, are considered “exceptionally bright” meteors that appear brighter than the planet Venus.
Most commonly, fireballs are seen by “ground watchers” at night.
“Several thousand” fireball meteors occur in Earth’s atmosphere each day, with the vast majority occurring over oceans and unpopulated regions, according to AMS.