Did you notice the sky looking a little funny earlier this week?
If so, you might have been one of the few lucky people to witness a 500-pound flaming meteor hurdling right toward us.
Isn’t it great to still be alive?
Star gazers in and around Pittsburgh who just happened to look up in the wee hours of Tuesday morning reported seeing a giant space rock light up the sky. The event was captured on a series of meteor cameras operated by NASA, and was observed by at least 120 people, including a few sightings recorded near the U.S.-Canadian border, the American Meteor Society reports:
“A little before 5:00 am this morning, 2/17/15, I was outside cleaning the snow off my drive when the entire area light up from the bright fire ball. It appeared to pass directly over my house in Greensburg, PA,” a man identified as Dave Woodcox wrote on the society’s website. “It was traveling slightly east of due north. It was very bright with a tail about 1/4th of the sky from the south to the north. The object was orange/yellow in hue, but the tail was white and was the brightest part. The tail appeared like a magnesium fire, bright and white lighting my hole (sic) neighborhood.”
NASA determined that the meteor was moving faster than 72,000 kilometres an hour, and noted that it likely came from an asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. The space agency also put together a neat video attempting to show the meteor’s perspective of the event:
Luckily, there haven’t been any reports of injuries. Check out the incredible footage above.