Meteor sighting: Fireball lights up skies over middle America in stunning video
The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) received dozens of reports of a fireball, which lit up the skies above Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. One person’s security camera picked up the sighting, which showed a bright object falling towards Earth.
Brett reported to the IMO: “The feeling of having witnessed this was incredible.”
Vivian added: “It was an amazing site [sic] to behold. It appeared and then seemed to disappear for a second Or two and then reappeared it then disappeared again.”
An unnamed person said: “Amazing sight! Never seen anything like this before! Most beautiful super bright blue I have ever seen!”
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.
The shooting star was picked up by cameras
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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Asteroids and meteors produce a bright explosion of fire when they hit the atmosphere
While this meteor was small, the bright flash reiterates the need for eyes on the skies to watch out for potential asteroid collisions.
While the chances of a major asteroid hitting Earth are small – NASA believes there is a one in 300,000 chance every year a space rock which could cause regional damage will hit – the devastating prospect is not impossible.
However, there are some plans on the go which could help Earth against potential asteroid strikes.
NASA is currently studying Asteroid Bennu, where its OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft arrived in 2018.
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Part of the reason NASA is sending the OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft there is to gather more information about the space rock which is 1,640ft (500m) in length.
NASA fears the asteroid, which has the potential to wipe out a country on Earth, could hit our planet within the next 120 years, with the next close flyby in 2135.
The mission will give vital information on how to deflect asteroids from their collision course with Earth, but NASA reiterates while there is a small chance Earth could be impacted, “over millions of years, of all of the planets, Bennu is most likely to hit Venus”.