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Meteor lights up Alabama sky

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This meteor was caught on camera Monday night. (Source: Marshall Space Flight Center) This meteor was caught on camera Monday night. (Source: Marshall Space Flight Center)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A fireball lit up the sky over Alabama on Monday night.

Marshall Space Flight Center reported that around 8:20 p.m., a baseball size fragment of a comet entered the atmosphere, moving southwest at 76,000 miles per hour. The meteor disintegrated three minutes after hitting the atmosphere, twenty-five miles above Woodstock. The disintegration let out a flash of light almost as bright as the moon, and sonic booms were heard by eyewitnesses.

Five NASA cameras recorded the meteor, which was labeled a fireball since it was brighter than Venus. In fact, this particular fireball was fifteen times brighter than Venus!

The NASA cameras that caught the event on tape are located at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, the James Smith Planetarium near Chickamauga, Georgia, the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, George, and the North Georgia College Observatory near Dahlonega, Georgia.

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