North Texans report fireball, loud noise from sky

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 11:29 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 1:04 PM CDT
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NORTH TEXAS (KXII) - Reports of a possible meteor flooded into the KXII newsroom Sunday night.

The reports came after 9 p.m. from across northeast Texas.

Some reports indicated a loud noise along with the fireball. Several videos and photos showed a round, bright light heading toward the Earth.

Jessika Dyke said she was enjoying her evening in Sherman Sunday night when she looked up and saw something unexpected.

“I thought it was a shooting star, it was the first one I’ve seen, I mean, in a while, and it actually lasted for a good five seconds or so,” said Dyke. “It was like so close you could probably reach up and grab it.”

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Her shooting star ended up being a meteor, so bright scientists call it a fireball.

“It’s what we call a sporadic or a background meteor, and most fireballs you see are background meteors, their not a part of any meteor shower,” said Bill Cooke, the leader of NASA’s Meteoroid Office. “They just come in randomly and make these spectacular light shows.”

NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said the event was not part of the Perseid meteor shower, which happens each Summer.

“Objects causing fireballs are usually not large enough to survive passage through the Earth’s atmosphere intact, although fragments, or meteorites, are sometimes recovered on the ground,” according to NASA.

Cooke said the fireball was first spotted above Texas highway 11 between Sulphur Springs and Winnsboro.

The meteor moved at 30,000 miles per hour through the atmosphere.

It traveled 59 miles until it eventually broke apart 27 miles above US 82, east of Avery.

As it broke, it created a loud boom sound.

Believe it or not, Cooke said situations like this aren’t uncommon, but for earthlings to be able to see it, the right factors have to line up, like weather, the speed of the meteor, time of day, and of course, being in the right place at the right time.

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