February 2, 2012
People Report Fireball Streaking Across The Sky In Texas
Thousands of people across Texas and Oklahoma reported seeing a flash of light streaking across the night sky Wednesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the light people saw at about 8 p.m. central time was in fact a meteor.However, the thousands who reported the flash as an unidentified flying object do not have to feel inadequate when it comes to spotting meteors. This meteor was unusually large, and it created a sonic boom as it passed by residents.
“We know it wasn't an airplane, so the most likely candidate is a meteor,” FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said in a statement.
Even aircraft pilots and ground crews reported seeing the bright white ball, which was spotted as far north as Oklahoma City and as far south as San Antonio.
“We've had reports of people seeing this ℠fireball' from as far north as Oklahoma City and as far south as Houston,” Lunsford said. “It was visible in a kind of northeast to southwest path,” he said.
He said meteors of this size are reported to the FAA several times a year. This particular meteor was visible for several seconds and streaked across at an estimated path of 500 miles.
“To be seen over such a wide area, it had to be really, really high up,” he said.
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