A fireball was visible off the North Carolina coast
Last week there were reports of at least five fireballs in the US.
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In a Facebook post, NASA Meteor Watch wrote on Saturday that there had been “multiple reports” of fireballs being fired from the sky on Friday night.
The total number of eyewitnesses was more than 80, linked to an incident that took place off the North Carolina coast at 7:40 p.m.
“Analysis of these accounts shows that the meteor skimmed the coast of North Carolina, visible from Camp Lejeune 48 miles above sea level, moving to the northeast at 32,000 mph. It disintegrated 28 miles above Morehead City, after traveling 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere.” NASA wrote.
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However, the agency noted that there is a higher than normal amount of uncertainty in the “trajectory resolution” due to all observers being located to the west of the fireball.
American Meteor Society says: it got 151 reports About the same number of fireballs seen in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in the same night.
also associated with nasa a video About the event provided to the organization which has now been viewed over 318,000 times.
According to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), a fireball is an exceptionally bright meteor that reaches “a visual magnitude of -3 or brighter when viewed in the zenith of the observer” and can be seen over a very wide field of view.
Witnesses see the fireball much less in daylight than at night, and the objects generally do not remain intact as they pass through Earth’s atmosphere.