The sky is not falling. We repeat: the sky is not falling. It doesn’t look like the fireballs reported over North Carolina last Friday were UFOs either, unfortunately. Nope. NASA chalked these reports up to your run-of-the-mill meteor entry. Not quite as exciting as some of the other potential causes. But nothing is underwhelming about a ball of flaming rocks zooming through the atmosphere. It’s just plain cool.
Last week, the American Meteor Society received over 150 reports of a fireball shooting across the sky. The reports came from a handful of states along the Eastern Seabord, including Virginia, Maryland, and both Carolinas. They were also kind enough to upload one of the videos that recorded the event to YouTube. The footage reportedly comes from an eyewitness in North Carolina. You can see the fireball for yourself below.
Imagine cracking a cold one on the porch to find yourself face-to-face with a meteor cutting through the sky at 30,000 mph. In reality, there was no danger. According to NASA, the fireball completely disintegrated before it hit the ground. However, without context, something like this could prove a harrowing experience, especially considering the UAP (UFO) talk coming from the government recently.
Fortunately, NASA was there to assuage those fears (or ruin the excitement, depending on the individual).
“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,” NASA’s Meteor Watch wrote in a Facebook post.
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From Maryland to California, folks took to social media in an attempt to figure out what they were. The Sun reports Symkai Scott from Baltimore posted a video to Twitter that showed the strange orange lights. It didn’t take long for others to report the same sight.
“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 replied, per The Sun.
“I saw about 30 of these traveling slowly in a single-file line, then vanishing within a couple of seconds. That orange glow is so distinctive,” a Californian added, per The Sun.