On Saturday night, an unusually bright meteor shot across the Texas sky. The American Meteor Society received hundreds of reports of “an extremely bright green light that rivaled the brightness of the sun.”
Bill Cooke, the lead at Meteoroid Environments Office (NASA), estimates the meteor was at least four feet wide, weighed 2 tons and burned five times brighter than a full moon.
Several people managed to capture video and images of the fireball. The video below was taken via dash cam in San Antonio.
John Gutierrez captured one of the best images ever of a fireball. While taking photos of a band, he hit the shutter button just as the meteor lit up the night sky.
“Just what are the chances that when pressing on the shutter button while photographing the Solero Latin Band a falling star appears, a meteor? I had just focused my camera looking through the viewfinder of the Salero Latin Band playing at Dia de los Muertos in Round Rock tonight, and just when I began to press the shutter button, this falling meteor appears. Snapped the photo, and just caught this flaming meteor a split second before it burned away. Just what are the chances? Wow, this is my shot of the day at 8:46 PM!!” Gutierrez wrote on Facebook.
What an incredible shot!
Most of Saturday’s fireball sightings were in Texas. Though a few people did see it in Oklahoma.
Cooke also said it’s possible small meteorites from the fireball hit the ground. In a conference call, Cooke described the event as “extremely unusual.”
“This event was so bright that it was picked up on a NASA meteor camera in the mountains of New Mexico over 500 miles away, which makes it extremely unusual,” he said. “This was a very bright event.”
Saturday’s fireball in Texas was the third major fireball event in the U.S. this month.