Massive Fireball Lights Up North Carolina Skies in Mysterious Video

by Matthew Memrick
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A front porch camera video caught a massive fireball as it lit up the North Carolina skies last week.

The American Meteor Society released the Friday evening video from home just south of Raleigh. NASA Meteor Watch said the fireball was one of at least five reported that night nationwide.

The meter group said 148 fireball reports came from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. Of that number, 80 came from North Carolina about that one particular meteor. According to NASA, that fireball was seen on the coast after it became visible 48 miles from Camp Lejeune. 

The space agency tracked the meteor as it rose northeast at 32,000 mph. Then it climbed 26 miles through the Earth’s upper atmosphere before burning up near Morehead City, N.C. At that point, the fireball was 28 miles above the city.

According to Newsweek, the space agency said the meteor’s trajectory was more uncertain than usual since most eyewitnesses were west of the object. The American Meteor Society labeled the event AMS 5940-2021. 

Basically, a fireball is space junk. It’s a piece of The meteor could be a small asteroid fragment or comet that enters the Earth’s atmosphere. NASA said 49 tons of meteor material come to the planet and its atmosphere daily. 

Meteors Enter Atmosphere Regularly

The meter society recorded 625 fireballs in 270 days this year. There are 95 days left after today.

English and French observers spotted one recent meteor on Sept. 5. About 636 people spotted the fireball go from England toward France.

Could a person get hit by a meteor?

It’s possible, yet few times has the incident happened. In 1954, a fireball hit an Alabama woman named Ann Hodges during her nap. The 8.5-pound meteorite crashed through the Sylacauga women’s roof and hit her on the hip.

The woman recovered and lived until she died in 1972. The Alabama Museum of Natural History holds the identified object.  

Usually, meteorite fragments or meteoroids burn up when entering the Earth’s atmosphere, yet five percent of all fireballs make it to the ground in some form. 

When traveling into the atmosphere, scientists say the space object is burning up at 3000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even though they are shiny or burnt-looking, they can be hard to tell from regular rocks. Good luck, however, trying to identify a random fragment. 

What’s the best place to spot a meteorite? The desert. There’s enough contrast between the sandy ground and any meteorite. 

According to WOOD TV, Oct. 8 will be the peak viewing time for the Draconid meteor shower. We’re probably seeing meteors now from that shower and more are likely to light up the sky after Oct. 8. 

The TV station also said this particular show will produce five fireballs per hour. 

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