Rare Daytime Meteor Over Texas
Could you imagine driving to work and looking up to see a huge fireball streaking across the sky? Would you panic? Would you freak out? I know I would. I’m glad people in Texas are a little bit braver than I am.
The Texas skyline last week experienced a very rare situation, a daytime meteor. This daytime meteor is part of the scientific mystery known as spring fireball season.
According to NASA, 30 years of observations show that there’s a consistent uptick in the number of fireballs — meteors that glow brighter than the planets as they scorch through Earth’s atmosphere — during the spring compared with other times of the year. “There are two peaks: one around February and the other at the end of March and early April,” said Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. “And this remains a mystery.”
No one knows why springtime meteors are more common. You can see a lot more ordinary meteors in the fall, but the spring seems to have the big “slow movers”. Check out the video here.
[via Huffington Post]