North Texans who happened to look up at the sky about 9 on Sunday night may have glimpsed the streak of a large green shooting star before it burst into a bright orange circle and disappeared from sight.
Photos and videos of the meteor have been filling social media feeds since.
“It was a fireball,” said one user who reported the phenomenon to the American Meteor Society. “Like something was on fire, crashing.”
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— Tyler Wieghat (@wieghatt) July 26, 2021
By Monday afternoon, the Meteor Society had received 213 approved reports of the meteor from across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana, according to Robert Lunsford, a fireball coordinator for the organization.
Based on public reports, the meteor probably spent about five seconds traveling from west to east — entering the atmosphere near Sulphur Springs and potentially extinguishing near Talco, Lunsford said.
A meteor’s appearance helps determine its composition. Usually, they’re made of dust and ice left over from comets and last for a second or two. But Sunday’s longer display suggested to Lunsford that the meteor was made of metal or stone. The green color mentioned in many public reports may indicate a large amount of nickel.
Lunsford said parts of the meteor probably reached the ground in Texas, but there hadn’t been any sightings of debris by Monday afternoon.
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Source: By Praveena Somasundaram, Dallas Morning News