An over-average meteor overflowed our attention on early Thursday morning. Experts have classified it as a fireball because the flash was so bright.
Atlas project scientist Larry Denneau says the bigger the meteor, the less likely it is to see. The meteor was so bright it lit up the night sky as it cascaded down. It did not take long, but it was noticeable.
"There were probably thousands of miles per hour in the atmosphere, making a really big flash brighter for about a second than the full moon," Denneau said.
The Institute of Astronomy also received a picture of a weather surveillance camera on Mauna Loa.
"This is called a fireball, because it gives off a pretty good flash and is associated with a lot of energy," he said. "This camera, with which we monitor the weather, is on for about 40 seconds and off for about 1
A typical meteor is usually the size of a BB or a pea, but Denneau says the one who flashed the sky early Thursday morning might be the size of a softball or volleyball.
"The bigger they are, the rarer they are. Something the size of a pea or peanut you can see a dozen or so a night, but we think every few months somewhere in the world, something the size of a softball or volleyball will be visible. "
] Atlas project scientist Larry Denneau reports that this fireball burned off before reaching the Earth's surface, so it does not pose a threat.
"You have to be as tall as a car so that even small parts come to the ground."
But it certainly provided an unexpected spectacle.