The Presidential Election from the United States seems to trigger hard feelings not only among people; the Universe shows its wrath as well, although it’s uncertain which one of the two Presidential candidates it’s supporting. People living in the American state of Tennessee had been recently amazed by a fireball that went rapidly across the night sky.
Even residents from four other American states besides Tennessee were able to see the amazing sight. The states are Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and Mississippi, as the American Meteor Society (AMS) reported.
The fireball was hurtling at 60,400 mph
James Spann, who is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, offered more details about the cosmic event:
Last night’s fireball: it was in NW Tennessee at 6:28p CST. It started out 56 miles above Paris, TN and burned up about 40 miles above Dyersburg – speed was 60,400 mph. The speed/location of the radiant are an excellent match to what we expect from the Taurid meteor shower.
William Cooke, on the other hand, declared:
The speed and the location of the radiant are an excellent match to what we expect from the Taurid meteor shower right now, so many folks in your area got to see a bright Taurid meteor last night. Taurid meteors originate from Comet Encke, which orbits the Sun once every 3.3 years.
If you think that our planet is a relatively safe place, you’re highly mistaken! About 500 meteorites hit the surface of Earth every single year. However, only 5 or 6 of these space objects can create a weather radar signature with a strewn field that’s large enough to be recovered and get known to scientists.
Another interesting fact is that an estimated amount of 25 million meteoroids, micrometeoroids, as well as other space debris, enter Earth’s atmosphere each day. This results in 15,000 tonnes of material that enters our planet’s atmosphere each year.