Millions of people witnessed a fireball in the sky early Friday morning. If you weren’t looking up at the appropriate time or didn’t have a camera set to record it, you missed it.
Fortunately for those of us who were sleeping, many security and doorbell cameras captured the magnificent spectacle.
There were observations from California to Florida, according to the American Meteor Society. Several sightings have been recorded in and around Lake Charles, Houma, Metairie, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
A meteoroid is a rocky or metallic asteroid, comet, or planet fragment. When it penetrates the Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes a meteor. As it approaches Earth at high speed, it heats up. The heat builds up to the point when it burns up, resulting in the dazzling light.
A meteor can range in size from a grain of sand to an asteroid. A fireball is a meteor that is extremely brilliant. Every day, thousands of fireballs penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere, and not all of them are related with meteor showers.
A meteorite is a meteor that survives the Earth’s atmosphere and lands on the surface. Significant meteorites are quite rare. According to NASA, the last major meteorite in 100 years fell in Russia in 2013.