Bright Meteor Amazes the People of Texas – Watch Footage

Bright Meteor Amazes the People of Texas – Watch Footage
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Most of the meteors are remnants of asteroids that broke apart in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. There may be no such thing as a meteor coming from another solar system. This means that if a meteor somehow brings along microscopic organisms from another planet, you can bet that they’re almost surely coming from our own solar system.

Fox News reveals that a fireball caused an interesting celestial show over the skies of Texas. Some residents were amazed. However, such sights also trigger feelings of terror pretty often. You never know when a big chunk of that space rock lands intact on the Earth’s surface.

The fireball appeared on Sunday night just before 9 p.m. CT.

Bright as a quarter moon

As writing on a Facebook post and cited by Fox News, NASA Meteor Watch said:

Hundreds of eyewitnesses in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma report seeing a very bright fireball last night at 8:58 PM Central Daylight Time,

Analysis of their reports, combined with information obtained from a couple of videos from public/amateur cameras, shows that the meteor was first seen 48 miles above Texas Highway 11, between Sulphur Springs and Winnsboro. Moving northeast at 30,000 miles per hour, it traveled 59 miles through the upper atmosphere before fragmenting 27 miles above U.S. 82, east of Avery.

According to the same source, the fireball achieves a brightness at least as similar as a quarter moon. This means about larger than 6 inches in diameter.

Will meteors one day bring to Earth organisms from other planets? Only time will tell for sure. Aliens don’t necessarily have to be like those green individuals with pointy years that we’ve all seen in sci-fi movies and cartoons.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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