A fireball sweeps across North Texas, delivering a spectacular light show and a loud bang.


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The flash was seen by hundreds of people.

Last night, a fireball rushed through North Texas, causing several hundred witnesses to report a blinding flash and deafening boom.

According to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, the cosmic drama occurred at 9 p.m. local time on Sunday (July 25). The American Meteor Society (AMS), a non-profit organisation, has since received 213 reports of the fireball, including three videos. The majority of the witnesses were from northern Texas, but some said they saw the explosion across Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

The fireball was captured on video as a big object streaked across the sky for a few seconds. The majority of persons who saw the fireball said it lasted between 3 and 4 seconds. The thing produced a sound as it flew through the sky, according to 14 witnesses.

According to the American Meteor Society, a fireball is any meteor that shines about as brightly as Venus in the evening sky. Fireballs occur often over the world, as this NASA map indicates. According to NASA, these objects can start off rather enormous, measuring more than 3 feet (1 metre) in diameter before being burned up by the atmosphere's friction. They don't usually make it to the ground, though some larger fireballs may splinter into shards that meteorite hunters can find. Bolides are the name for exploding fireballs.

Many fireballs are now captured on video thanks to the widespread use of doorbell cameras, mobile phones, and dash cams, such as the one that lit up the sky above Tennessee this summer and a vivid green one that astonished researchers onboard a ship in the Tasman Sea last October. A big meteor exploded above Norway just a few hours before the fireball that dropped over Texas.

A bolide large enough to be seen during the day sonic boomed throughout England, Wales, and northern France in March. In February, a bolide over England strewn bits of meteorite across a vast region, including one family's driveway.

Each year, thousands of small meteorites strike the Earth, the majority of which fall unnoticed into the ocean or unpopulated areas. Thousands of more pieces of rock and space dust burn up completely in the atmosphere, leaving only meteors behind. The next best chance to see meteors is in August, when Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle comet's remaining debris, resulting in the annual Perseid meteor shower. These meteors are too small and frail to reach Earth, but they produce a light show that can include up to 100 shooting stars each hour.

Originally published on Live Science

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