Meteor Lights Up New York Sky On February 17th
NASA cameras were pointing up to the night sky when the Allegheny Observatory captured an image of a 45,000-mile-an hour-meteor creating a massive fireball in the skies over New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
The meteor weighed about 500 pounds before it disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere. CBS Pittsburgh got an interview with Brendan Mullen, the director of Buhl Planetarium at Carnegie Science Center, and he explains this meteor likely came from the asteroid belt that circles our solar system.
“Usually, the whole thing burns up, and that’s what causes shooting stars and things like that. But it’s possible that pieces of this meteor fragmented off, and shattered and scattered all across Kittanning,” he said. “A lot of chunks of space rocks and debris are gravitationally tugged out of their orbit within that ring up there, and find their way into the atmospheres of planets,” Mullen said."
Have you ever seen a meteor shower? It's by far one of the coolest things you'll ever see.