Nearly 600 people watched a bright fireball disintegrate over Texas on Sunday night (July 24), and some even heard the sonic boom indicating that bits of rock might have hit the ground.
Observers in a range of lands including Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and the Lone Star state saw a bright spot. meteor at about 3:26 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to reports from American Meteor Society (AMS).
“Initial computer-generated trajectory shows that this fireball entered the atmosphere over Cistern, Texas, and ended its journey just a few miles west of Austin,” EarthSky Books (Opens in a new tab) from the event.
The report added that “several witnesses near the flight path reported that they heard a late bang, indicating that meteorites from this fireball may have escaped the fiery passage through the Earth’s atmosphere, and are now on Earth.”
The fireball was largely detected in automatic doorbell cameras uploaded to the AMS website. Information about the likely size, origin, trajectory, and size of the space rock meteorites To search for it was not available. (Whereas a meteor is the flash of bright light known as a meteor when a piece of space rock enters, a meteor Earth’s atmosphere, the meteorite is the part that can be found on the surface of the planet after surviving the passage. Most meteorites do not produce any meteorites and burn completely.)
In general, those searching for meteorites need to obtain permission from any landowner before conducting the search. Meteorites tend to be dark, jagged, and dense. Do you have to Possible meteor spotPut it in a plastic bag or wrap it with aluminum foil to keep the space rock uncontaminated. Then show it to a local museum or science facility for evaluation.
Meteorites are interesting to scientists because they help shed light on the chemical composition of asteroids And the comets that flight Solar System, virtually unchanged since its formation. Most meteorites are completely harmless as the body burns largely in the atmosphere, although a small percentage of meteorites can survive in the corridor and cause damage on Earth.
NASA tracks much larger space objects through Planetary Defense Coordination Office and a network of telescopes. Small fireballs like this are too small for that net to catch, in most cases. No major imminent threats to our planet have been spotted, but scientists continue to research just in case.
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