Alabama fireball in the midnight sky captured by multiple cameras

Alabama fireball in the midnight sky captured by multiple cameras
A meteor lit up the Alabama sky after midnight this morning. (NASA)

A meteor streaking over Alabama just after midnight last night lit up the Southern sky. It was seen by many.

Here is the report from Bill Cooke, lead, NASA Meteoroid Environment Office:

“Last night, at 12:19 a.m. Central Daylight Time, numerous eyewitnesses in the Southeast reported seeing a very bright fireball, which was also detected by all six NASA meteor cameras in the region. Analysis of the data indicates that the meteor was first seen at an altitude of 58 miles above Turkeytown, Alabama (northeast of Gadsden), moving west of north at 53,700 miles per hour. It fragmented some 18 miles above the small town of Grove Oak. Early results indicate the fireball, which was at least 40 times as bright as the full moon, was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet (2 meters) in diameter. We are still assessing the probability of the fireball producing meteorites on the ground – whether it did or not, it was an extremely bright event, seen through partly cloudy skies and triggering every camera and sensor operated by the Meteoroid Environment Office in the region.”

This map shows where the meteor was captured by NASA meteor cameras. (NASA)

Here is video of the event through security/doorbell cameras in Alabama and Georgia:

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