A meteor lit up the sky in the southern U.S. on August 28. (YouTube screengrab)
A fireball lit up the sky in the southern U.S., and NASA captured it on video.
The meteor — a stray piece of asteroid — was seen Aug. 28 by the border of Tennessee and Georgia. It weighed more than 100 pounds (45.4 kg) and had a diameter of approximately two feet (0.6 m), according to a blog by Bill Cooke, the head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.
“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,” Cooke wrote.
“From Chickamauga, Georgia, the meteor was 20 times brighter than the full moon; shadows were cast on the ground as far south as Cartersville.”