VIDEO: Brilliant fireball seen across Texas sky

Photo of apparent meteor from video posted by YouTube user "shadeth."

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Update… Monday, Nov. 10 from American Meteor Society:

The American Meteor Society has received over 300 reports about a bright fireball over San Antonio Texas Saturday night at approximately 8:45 local time or 2:45 Universal Time. Witnesses reported an extremely bright green light that rivaled the brightness of the sun. Bill Cooke (Meteoroid Environments Office Lead / NASA) were able to estimate the peak brightness at >-14 (stellar magnitude), which means this meteor was at least four feet wide, weighed about 4,000 pounds and burned five times brighter than a full moon.

You might ask how an object so small can create such a bright flash and be seen over such a wide area? The answer is the extreme velocity at which these objects strike the atmosphere. Even the slowest meteors strike the atmosphere at a velocity of 10 miles per SECOND. The videos of this object (see below) show a meteor moving at an impressive speed so the actual velocity could have been twice this speed. These objects also become visible while at least 60 miles altitude so they can be seen over a wide swath of land.

Video as seen at Fun Fun Fun Fest during Mighty Mouse’s “Dark Center of the Universe.”

KXAN viewers from all over Central Texas reported seeing a meteor Saturday night that many described as “lighting up the sky.” Reports indicate the meteor, likely a small rock or piece of space debris, entered the atmosphere about 8:45 p.m.

While KXAN cannot confirm the authenticity of the video below, viewers who have seen the clip say it appears to be the same meteor they saw Saturday night. The YouTube user who posted the video says it was captured using a dashcam while driving in San Antonio.

A police officer in Hewitt, Texas near Waco also captured video of the object on his dashcam after a traffic stop.

Some witnesses describe seeing two objects, and a greenish-blue tail—likely from the meteor breaking apart. Some say it appeared as bright as fireworks, briefly turning night into day.

The sightings weren’t limited to Central Texas. Reports of the meteor came from across the state. The Maverick Co. Sheriff’s Department reported the ground shaking due to a meteor landing at about 8:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, however, no confirmed meteorite debris has been found, and the shaking may have been the effect of a sonic boom.

November 8th was peak time for meteor shower activity, according to the American Meteor Society. Did you capture a photo or video of the fireball? If so, send it to ReportIt@kxan.com.

Meteor streaks across sky above Modest Mouse at Fun Fun Fun Fest concert at Auditorium Shores

 

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