Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NASA Confirms Bright Midday Meteor over Missouri on Monday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NASA Confirms Bright Midday Meteor over Missouri on Monday

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If you saw a brilliant flash in the northern sky at midday Monday, you're not crazy. Validation comes directly from NASA.

Nearly 300 people reported having seen it, according to the meteor watchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration office in Huntsville, Ala. NASA says the meteor burned up along a 25- mile track roughly over Hannibal, Mo., and at a height of about 30 miles above earth.

At an estimated speed of 49,000 mph, it didn't take long to disappear. For perspective on height, transcontinental jetliners fly at altitudes of about seven miles. The International Space Station orbits 250 miles above earth.

Bill Cooke, of NASA's meteorid environments office in Huntsville, confirmed the occurrence. He said it happened at 11:41 a.m. Monday and was "much brighter than the planet Venus."

When relatively close to earth, Venus is the brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon. …

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