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Meteor lights up sky over southern US

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 21:04

Atlanta: NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported across the southern US came from a meteor.

Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center say a fragment of a comet entered Earth`s atmosphere yesterday night.

NASA officials say the meteor travelled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere it disintegrated, producing a flash of light.

NASA spokeswoman Janet Anderson says that because it penetrated so deep into Earth`s atmosphere, eyewitnesses heard sonic booms.

Music fans at a Mumford & Sons concert in Alabama reported seeing a flash of light.


First Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 21:04
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