They say the Texas night stars are big and bright in the heart of the country. And, as Sunday’s event proves, so are the unusual fireballs!
It was an amazing sight to see when on Sunday, July 25, a bright shining meteor was seen streaking across the northern Texas night skies. Some who witnessed the unique event even reported hearing a sonic boom along with the spectacle.
The meteor was seen streaking across the sky leaving behind a bright trail of light as it disappeared behind the Texas skyline. The amazing display brought with it a remarkable shining flash at one point as the meteor blazed across the sky Sunday evening.
A Meteor’s Blazing Appearance
“Whoa! Meteor streaking across the North Texas sky last night!” a Twitter user shared Sunday evening.
Whoa! Meteor streaking across the North Texas sky last night! ☄️✨ https://t.co/EIfq3nE8oA— Alanna Quillen (@AlannaNBC5) July 26, 2021
The American Meteor Society website notes that the meteor was seen by people across as many as five states. They reported that reports of the sighting even as far as Missouri. The meteor was seen as far south as the San Antonio area in Texas.
“Did you see the meteor last night over North Texas? Amazing! #txwx #meteor another Tweet said.
The videos really are a sight to behold. The fireball can clearly be seen shooting across the night sky. In one video, the fireball shoots over the expressway shocking the viewers with the unexpected sight. At first, the unique celestial body appears to be a bright star or planet among the others in the midnight-blue night sky. However, the fast-moving trajectory of the meteor soon becomes clear. You can hear the people in the video are in awe as they watch the event.
“Oh wow!” one person exclaims as the meteor blazes across the night sky. About five seconds into the video we can see the meteor give off a burst of light as it disappears behind the skyline.
The other video is a still camera. As soon as the amazing ball of fire enters the camera’s view we see a quick burst of light. It’s unclear in the reports, but it would be easy to assume that it was at this moment in the meteor’s trajectory that the boom reported by some spotters may have occurred.
Over 150 Reports Of the Unique Sight
The American Meteor Society website notes that it has received over 150 reports of the unique event since Sunday evening. The sightings have come from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana the website reports.
The American Meteorological Society invites reports of such sightings as well as videos of the unique events. However, the site notes, make sure the reports are sightings that have lasted more than 30 seconds. Chances are if the sighting lasts longer than 30 seconds, it is something other than a fireball. Such as a contrail.