NASA Confirms Half-Ton Meteor Crash in South Texas
A meteor, measuring two feet wide and weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, made a dramatic impact on Wednesday evening in South Texas.
NASA confirmed the meteor broke apart as it fell through the Earth’s atmosphere, before finally settling near McAllen, Texas, at about 6 p.m. The meteorite’s explosive entry into the atmosphere was captured by a Geostationary Lightning Mapper. Numerous eyewitnesses also reported seeing the space rock blaze through the sky.
“Although meteorites tend to hit Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds, they slow as they travel through the atmosphere, breaking into small fragments before hitting the ground. Meteorites cool rapidly and generally are not a risk to the public,” explained NASA in a statement.
Videos recorded from home security cameras by Fox station KDFW in Dallas show the meteor dramatically breaking apart as it fell, causing birds to scatter and creating a resounding sonic boom. The National Weather Service in Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley confirmed the sighting of a possible meteor in the sky west of McAllen, but there was no thunderstorm activity in the region at the time of impact.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra also took to Twitter to announce that air traffic controllers in Houston had reported two aircraft sightings of the meteor near McAllen.
“The meteor seen in the skies above McAllen is a reminder of the need for NASA and other organizations to increase our understanding and protection of Earth, to combine scientific and engineering expertise to advance human space exploration, to integrate terrestrial and planetary research for furthering our understanding of the solar system, and to promote successful space missions by mitigating risk,” NASA commented.