NASA published a short video Tuesday showing a meteor shoot across the early morning sky above Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. The mesmerizing film is only a few seconds long:
On its Facebook page, NASA Meteor Watch described the flaming object as "a space rock about 2 feet in diameter and weighing roughly 500 pounds," explaining that it "entered Earth’s atmosphere above western Pennsylvania." According to the agency, the object was filmed by 3 meteor cameras near Beaver Falls and was lost from view by Kittanning.
The American Meteor Society posted this heat map of reports from residents in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio:
Some described the incident as almost supernatural:
"I've seen many meteor showers and this wasn't anything like that. Instead of crossing the upper atmosphere, this feel almost directly down and brighter than any thing I've ever seen of this nature. It looked so big that my son and I expected to hear or see an impact."
while others were more stoic:
Whatever it looked like in real time, we're glad NASA caught it on tape.
Danielle Wiener-Bronner is a news reporter.