NASA has confirmed that a massive fireball as bright as a full moon blazing across the night sky in Georgia was, in fact, a meteor.
In a post on Facebook, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported on a meteor sighting over southeast Georgia on October 9th. According to reporting, the meteor eventually burned up in the southeast corner of Toombs County.
“Many eyewitnesses in the southeastern United States are filing reports of a bright fireball seen at 10:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time,” NASA began their Facebook post.
“The event was also detected – at extreme range – by NASA meteor cameras in north Georgia, North Carolina and Florida,” the post continued. “An analysis of the video data shows that the fireball first appeared 52 miles above the town of Donald in southeast Georgia, moving northwest at 45,000 miles per hour. It burned up about 23 miles above Sanders Road near Providence Missionary Baptist Church, in the southeast corner of Toombs County.
What made this meteor so special were reports that the massive fireball was so bright, many people said that it outshined the full moon.
“At its peak, the meteor’s brightness rivaled that of the Full Moon, which indicates it was caused by an asteroid fragment about 8 inches in diameter with a weight of 20 pounds,” NASA’s post stated.
One news report showed a video from a NASA meteor camera.
Here’s two more videos from home cameras: