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Fireball – 40 times as bright as full moon – shines Alabama's sky



NASA has posted a video of a "very bright" fireball lighting the skies over Alabama shortly after midnight on Friday morning. The official time of the sighting was 12:19 pm CDT

The fireball, which is NASA's word for a very bright meteor, was described as "at least 40 times as bright as the full moon". It was the first time 58 miles over Turentown, Ala. Northeast of Gadsden, according to NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at Huntsville Marshall Space Flight Center.

The fireball moved northwest at 53,700 mph and fragmented about 1

8 miles above the small town of Grove Oak.

"Initial results indicate that the (meteor) was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet in diameter," said NASA. "We still measure the likelihood that the fireball will produce meteorites on the ground."

"Whether it happened or not," NASA said, "it was an extremely bright event seen through the partially cloudy sky and every camera and sensor triggered by the Environmental Agency Meteroid in the region."


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