Residents of Florida were treated to an astronomical phenomenon as a bright fireball lit up the skies of the Sunshine State. The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) received tens of reports as witnesses flocked to the group to reveal their sighting.
One person, Paris, wrote on the IMO: “IT WAS SO COOL!!! I feel incredibly lucky to have caught it!”.
Another person in Florida, Clarice, added: “Pretty flippin’ cool, and I did wait to make sure it was not hitting earth or hear a boom.”
A video of the event shows a bright fireball dropping from the sky, before it slowly fizzles out above the horizon.
Asteroids and meteors produce a bright explosion of fire when they hit the atmosphere as it is the first time the space rock has ever met resistance.
Air seeps into the pores and cracks of the rock, pushing it apart and causing it to explode.
The IMO said: “Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal.
“Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimetre have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.
“These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them.”
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