Meteor shower in East Coast is making headlines. NASA says that Friday night lights were meteor and nothing else
Meteor flew over many areas of the East Coast in the US creating curiosity across the US and inundating the social networks across the world. Hundreds of people across the United States’ East Coast saw a bright object zooming past them in the sky making slight noise. Hundreds of people immediately took to Twitter and Facebook and many even put several photographs of the meteor, though most of the photos looked very unclear. To be true, prior to the meteor fall there was no report of any meteor falling in the concerned areas by Weather channels or by NASA.
To be true so solitary meteor falls that too so much bright, are not very common, though they continue to fall throughout the world.
A greenish blue light flashed across the skies of the North East US at around 8 p.m. EDT.
The East Coast residents were busy on social media sites on Friday night after a bright light streaked across the Northeast region of America. Everyone was busy posting photos and videos of the exceptional view on their social media account.
It was constantly reported that a fireball similar to that which flashed over Russia on February 15 but smaller in size were seen across Northeast America.
“It’s not an incredibly rare event, but it is very unusual to have that many people observe it, and also it was unusually bright,” Ron Dantowitz, director of the Clay Center Observatory, told NBC in Boston. “These types of meteors happen once or twice a year. The unusual thing is that it was so well observed not so long after sunset.”
Scientists claim that meteors and other astral activities are very common to crop up and are very frequent on earth’s atmosphere but people don’t notice. However, sightings of fireball in Florida and Russia and other places during the past month made scientist ponder on ways to deflect such astral activities in future. On the other hand, NASA chief Charles Bolden suggested people that they have no other option to stop asteroids coming towards earth, but to pray.
Susan Barnett at Miami’s Buehler Planetarium said that, “Earth is in the middle of a cosmic shooting gallery. We’re getting hit with stuff from space every single day. As a matter of fact, we figure 100 tons of material hits the top of the Earth’s atmosphere. Most of it burns up.”
Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office said about Friday night’s flash light that it appeared to be “a single meteor event.” He added that it “looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the southeast, going on visual reports.”
“Judging from the brightness, we’re dealing with something as bright as the full moon,” Cooke claimed. “The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast.”
Meteors are, in fact, space dust and ice that pierce through the earth’s atmosphere and vary in size from small fleck of dust to the size of rock weighing thousands of pounds. When they penetrate the earth’s atmosphere at high speeds, they burn down, and produce light that flashes across the sky.
“If you have something this bright carry over that heavily populated area, a lot of people are going to see it,” Cooke said. “It occurred around 8 tonight, there were a lot of people out, and you’ve got all those big cities out there.”