Meteor streaks across the sky

by Edward Crespo

CBS affiliate KMOV-TV reports that a meteor lit up the sky over St. Louis, Missouri, on November 11. Hundreds of residents reported seeing a bright flash of light from the sky, across at least two counties. Many people from the area also reported hearing a loud boom from above them, as the meteor streaked across the sky around 9 P.M. local time. The sighting coincides with the height of the Northern Taurids meteor shower, which is known for its spectacular fireballs. The Taurids is produced by debris colliding with the atmosphere as the Earth drifts through the remnants from the P1/Encke comet (which is a small comet that’s a third of the size of the asteroid that was hypothesized to have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs), according to CNET. 

This occurs annually during the last three months of the year. The American Meteor Society said most sightings came from Missouri, but it also received reports from some witnesses in Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. The group calculated, based on those reports, that the fireball was traveling from east to west, and ended its flight somewhere near Wellsville, Missouri. A number of home security cameras captured a video of the fireball streaking through the sky making with a loud explosion-like sound. The National Weather Service could not confirm if the meteor touched down or if it just burned up in the atmosphere. It sometimes happens when the Earth passes through some streams of cosmic debris left behind by comets and asteroids but mostly they burn up before being seen, so some of these events may probably happen once in a while . 

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