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Stunning Meteor Fireball Lights Up Sky over Houston, Texas (Video)

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Reports of fireballs flashing through the night sky have steadily increased since 2006, according to data from the American Meteor Society.

Sometimes referred to as “shooting stars,” fireballs, which are very bright, fast-moving meteors that appear to streak across the sky leaving behind a luminescent trail, are tracked by the organization, which encourages and promotes interest in meteoric astronomy.

So far this year, the organization has tracked nearly 300 events around the world compared to 2006, when only three events were reported, data showed.

On Thursday, the agency received roughly 50 reports about a fireball seen over Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The majority of the reports came from Houston, according to the data.

Hunter Moliver, who lives inside the 610 Loop, was shocked when he reviewed his home Nest surveillance footage.

“I heard there was a flash of light in the sky this morning but did not see it myself, so I checked the footage and was surprised to see the meteor so clearly,” Moliver said.

“I thought it was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen in the sky over Houston,” he said. “The blue flash and the long tail were magnificent.”

Michelle Iracheta
Houston Chronicle


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