Fireball outshines moon: A fireball that literally outshone the moon recently has Americans across the nation talking, though only people in the southern U.S. may have seen the space spectacle in the night sky firsthand, I4U reports this Thursday, Sept. 5. For those who are frequent moon gazers and happened to be looking up on the night of Aug. 28 (just before dawn) last week, you may have seen the special fireball-and-moon show.
A fireball was said to be brighter than the moon in the sky that Aug. 28 in the early dawn hours for a short time. For those who caught the event, some stargazers said that the fireball seemingly lit up over the moon as the meteor helped create a space show of sorts. While no public footage of the event was submitted to local news stations in the south U.S., NASA was able to capture the fireball on a moon-targeted video, releasing viral photos online and a video (which can be seen in the link above).
The asteroid that did appear to the naked eye as a fireball in the sky could be seen lighting up quite close to the moon. Scientists and space experts believe that the flying object was over 2 feet in diameter, and possibly weighing 100 pounds, cruising through the atmosphere thousands of miles away.
It was Space.com that added the night sky spectacle was in fact the brightest fireball that’s been spotted and recorded in the past half decade (over 5 years), and was surely a real treat for those who managed to see it.
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