NASA confirms that a loud fireball has been spotted over southern Mississippi. What it could be?
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 29 April 2022, at 12:23 pm Los Angeles time
NASA confirms that a space object flew over the Mississippi, heard very well, but difficult to see, giving statements about what could be.
The space agency said the object was actually a meteor or a piece of an asteroid that crashed on the Mississippi.
This is also confirmed by data obtained from NOAA's Geostationary Lightning Mappers (GLM) aboard geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES) 16 and 17.
Satellites detected several lightning bolts associated with the fragmentation of this meteor when it was 54 miles above the Mississippi River near Alcorn.
"This is one of the nicer events I have seen in the GLM data," said Bill Cooke, lead of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The object moved southwest at a fairly high speed of 55,000 miles per hour but began to disintegrate/break into pieces as it sank into the Earth's atmosphere. The total disintegration of this meteor occurred 34 miles above the swampy area north of Minorca, Louisiana.
"The fragmentation of this fireball generated an energy equivalent of 3 tons of TNT (trinitrotoluene), which created shock waves that propagated to the ground, producing the booms and vibrations felt by people in the area," said NASA.
Also, at its peak, the meteor was up to 10 times brighter than a full moon.
"What struck me as unusual was how few eyewitness reports we had given the skies were so clear," said Cooke. "More people heard it than saw it."