TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Over 100 eyewitness accounts describing a bright green fireball popped up on social media before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The eyewitness accounts came from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
According to Bill Cooke with the Meteoroids Environment Office, all the sky cameras NASA uses had already shut down to protect themselves from the Sun, so no pictures or video of this meteor from NASA have surfaced yet.
Piecing together all the eyewitness accounts, scientists are able dos ay this meteor was first seen about 65 miles above the town of Sawyerville in Hale County.
The meteor was moving northwest at approximately 89,000 miles per hour. It appears to have fragmented (broken apart) 41 miles above Louisville, Mississippi.
Estimates of the brightness indicate the object weighed about five pounds and was roughly five inches in diameter.
The source of the object is unknown, but scientists are confident it was a meteor and not associated with the Orionid Meteor Shower.