A stunning video of a fireball streaking across the sky over North Carolina has been posted last week. The American Meteor Society video sharing taken Friday from the porch of a house in Rowland Pond, North Carolina, showing a huge fireball falling from the sky.
POT says the fireball It hit the North Carolina coast around 7:40 p.m. and was one of at least five fireballs seen over the United States on the same night.
Fireballs are bright meteors categorized as brighter than the planet Venus, according to the society, a nonprofit organization that monitors meteorites.
On Friday, the organization received 148 fireball reports from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia. The fireball in North Carolina had the largest group of eyewitness accounts, with more than 80 people reporting it.
NASA says an analysis of these accounts shows that the meteor was visible 48 miles above the ocean off Camp Lejeune and rose northeast at about 32,000 miles per hour. It traveled 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere and then disintegrated 28 miles over the city of Morehead on the coast.
Meteorites generally enter Earth’s atmosphere at speeds of 25,000 mph to 160,000 mph, but they decelerate rapidly as they travel through the atmosphere, according to the society.
The fireball was captured in at least two different videos. The one obtained by AMS has gone viral, with almost 95,000 views.
Due to the moon phases of the past week, with a full moon on September 20, there was a limited opportunity to see meteors between moonset and sunrise. according to AMS. Still, dozens of stargazers were able to detect meteors.