NASA cameras capture ‘fireball’ 20 times brighter than the moon blazing over Georgia, Tennessee

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On early Wednesday morning, the sky near the Georgia-Tennessee border lit up brighter than the moon — twenty times brighter.

“Recorded by all six NASA cameras in the Southeast, this fireball was one of the brightest observed by the network in 5 years of operations,” NASA wrote in a release. “From Chickamauga, Georgia, the meteor was 20 times brighter than the Full Moon; shadows were cast on the ground as far south as Cartersville.” (NASA defines a fireball as a meteor that appears brighter in the night sky than the planet Venus).

NASA estimates the fireball was less than a metre across and about 100 pounds, and was moving at more than 90,000 kilometres per hour. It started to break up when it was approximately 50 kilometres above the Earth; at that point, the NASA cameras lost track of the debris.

“Sensors on the ground recorded sound waves (“sonic booms”) from this…

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