Scientists have just confirmed the accuracy of the event that a fireball streaked across the sky in three southern US states.
Previously, more than 30 people in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi reported seeing a particularly bright meteor in the sky around 8 a.m. Wednesday (April 27 local time) after hearing loud bangs in the sky. Claiborne County, Mississippi and surrounding areas.
Officials said the fireball was first detected at an altitude of 87 kilometers above the Mississippi River, near Alcorn, Mississippi.
The object continued to move southwest at 55 thousand miles per hour, breaking into pieces as it went deeper into Earth’s atmosphere. It disintegrated completely at an altitude of about 55 km above a marshy area north of the community of Concordia Parish in Louisiana.
A witness said they heard a loud noise, people looked up to the sky and saw an “orange fireball the size of a basketball, with a white trail behind it, flying west of the Mississippi River.”
Claiborne County Emergency Management posted a statement on Facebook confirming the reports and noting that the nearby nuclear power plant had nothing to do with the phenomenon.
Earlier this week, NASA scientists reviewed the GLM (Geostationary Lightning Map) data and once again confirmed the accuracy of the information.
According to NASA, the fragmentation of the fireball generates enough energy to cause shock waves to propagate to the ground, forming explosions and tremors that cause panic for people in the area.
At its peak, the fireball was 10 times brighter than the light of a full moon, Nasa said. The investigation also confirmed that the fireball did not cause any significant damage to people.