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    Fireball Observed Over Alabama

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    According to data from the NASA Meteor Watch and reports from many eyewitnesses,a meteoroid burned across part of the sky, making a fireball that was visible in part of the southern United States.

    According to data from the NASA Meteor Watch and reports from many eye witnesses, a meteoroid burned across part of the sky, making a fireball that was visible in parts of the southern United States.

    NASA cameras first observed the meteoroid 57 miles in the air just east of Beechgrove, Tennessee.

    They measured it at an estimated 15 inches across, weighing almost one hundred pounds, and traveling at about 47 thousand miles an hour.

    It reportedly flew 100 miles to the south east, exploding into smaller pieces over Hengar, Alabama.


    Data about the speed, altitude, and doppler radar information shows that the flying fireball probably shed small meteorites that landed somewhere between Lake Weiss, and Borden Springs, Alabama.

    Experts have calculated the meteoroid orbit’s farthest point to be between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, which is why it was flying in a southerly direction.

    Anyone that was around the Lake Weiss area who heard sonic booms around 10:20 PM Saturday night is being asked to contact Doctor Bill Cooke at the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office.