It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s. . . . .a fireball! Is the sky falling?
Earlier this week on January 2nd, a fireball was spotted zooming across the night sky over North Liberty, Iowa. Captured on security camera footage. The black-and-white 39-second video features the blaze shooting down from the sky.
The North Liberty City Government posted this footage of the occurrence. The sighting was spotted by a city employee. They discussed the events on their Facebook page. “Ryan from our Streets Department noticed a meteor in the sky south of the shop on his way home from plowing the other night, and we got it on camera.”
Well, that’s one way to start 2022 off with a bang.
Since last year, this isn’t the first fireball that claimed the US skies. In September 2021, a security camera caught a fireball meteor going 32,000 MPH in North Carolina.
The video of the extraordinary events features a fireball moving across the sky in Willow Springs, North Carolina. American Meteor Society released the video to the public.
According to NASA Meteor Watch, the events were one of several fireball sightings in the U.S. that night. A NASA analysis claimed that the meteor “skimmed the coast of North Carolina.” However, the events were noticeable to viewers when 48 miles above the ocean near Jacksonville, North Carolina.
American Meteor Society claims that meteoroids typically enter Earth’s atmosphere at 25,000 to 160,000 mph. However, they “rapidly decelerate” as they travel through the atmosphere.
The fireball traveled 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere. Later, it broke apart 28 miles above Morehead City, North Carolina.
The AMS reported that around 150 people across Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia also saw fireballs fling across their states.
So, What Exactly is a Fireball?
According to experts, a fireball is “exceptionally bright” meteors that appear brighter than the planet Venus. So, kind of like a baby sun.
Back in September, NASA’s Meteor Watch updated others on the fireball situation via a Facebook post: “An analysis of these accounts shows that the meteor skimmed the coast of North Carolina, becoming visible 48 miles above the ocean off Camp Lejeune, moving northeast at 32,000 miles per hour. It disintegrated 28 miles above Morehead City, after traveling 26 miles through Earth’s upper atmosphere. There is more than the usual amount of uncertainty in the trajectory solution due to all the observers being located to the west of the fireball.”
While some were concerned they were witnessing a UFO taking hold of Earth, others thought they were hallucinating.
“I had half a bottle of wine in me and thought I was imagining it. I’m glad someone was sharing my hallucination,” a West Virginian explained to The Sun.
But thankfully, people had no reason to fear danger when it came to fireballs. They could just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.