A meteor that fell on the earth for a flash briefly struck the air last weekend and, according to a message from NASA, it shone about 40 times brighter in the dark sky than the moon when it blew like a fireball before going out went.
The American Meteor Society would also have different & # 39; official sightings at the time of writing. have received from all over Southeast America. The AMS site had 53 reports that stretched from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina.
NASA, on the Facebook page of their meteorite watch, said that the incident was recorded by all six NASA meteor cameras in the region. In the post they explained that the meteor was seen for the first time at a height of about 93 km in the sky, just below the Karman line, so as soon as it entered the atmosphere, the space agency had an eye for it. Traveling at a speed of more than 86,421 km / h directly across Alabama, it fragmented about 29 km above the town of Grove Oak.
The post explained that the asteroid was about 2 meters in diameter and when it exploded into a fireball, it was at least 40 times brighter than the Full Moon.
"We are still trying to estimate the probability that the fireball will produce meteorites on the ground," NASA writes, adding "whether or not it did, it was an extremely bright event, seen by a partly cloudy sky and every camera and sensor activated by the meteorite Environment Office in the region, "NASA explains.
It is not clear at the moment whether this incident was a farewell to the Perseid Meteor Shower this year, but it was an important observation. The NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office was established in 1998 and, together with the JPL "asteroids and comets that can approach the Earth", detect, track and characterize them, they can be a source of concern because they may be catastrophic. .
With the help of automatic systems that include cameras & sensors, any object that comes close to the earth can be accurately examined, NASA says.
The earth is well protected by the thick and rather dense atmosphere that covers it. Every object that falls or is attracted to the planet usually becomes burned in the atmosphere. the NASA update noted that it is unlikely that there are small fragments of space rock that have reached the ground.
The moon, on the other hand, is not so lucky. Hardly any atmosphere on the satellite means that even small meteors have a big impact. A few weeks ago, video's were created in which two tiny meteors, which could not be bigger than walnuts, produced an impact so large that it was visible from the earth.