HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – NASA says that a fireball that scattered over the southeastern sky was about 53,700 mph (86,400 km per hour) when it lit up the night over Alabama.
The Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA & # 39; s Marshall Space Flight Center says Many people saw a very clear line at the beginning of Friday.
A statement and video posted on Facebook, says an analysis showing that the meteor was first seen at a height of about 58 miles (93 kilometers) above rural Turkeytown, which is about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast from Birmingham.
The office estimates a small asteroid of about 1.8 meters in diameter and then broke about 29 kilometers above the city of Oak Grove. It was at least 40 times as bright as the full moon at any given time.
Researchers assess whether fragments of the rock can hit the ground.