Meteor flashes, booms over area Friday night

Did you hear that big boom Friday evening? Or see a big flash? It was a meteor.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) reported hundreds of persons reported a fireball event over Missouri November 2 around 7:25 p.m.

AMS said reports indicate the meteor’s trajectory showed the fireball traveled from northeast to southwest, ending its flight somewhere north of Bradleyville, Missouri. It was seen primarily in Missouri, but also in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, according to AMS’ website.

Fireball is a term for a very bright meteor with a magnitude about the same as the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a fireball that explodes in a bright flash at its end.

AMS says there are two reported sounds from very bright fireballs and both are “quite rare.” The sounds are sonic booms – like the one heard Friday evening – and electrophic sounds like hissing or popping.

If a very bright fireball passes through the stratosphere before an altitude of 30 miles and explodes as a bolide, a sonic boom may be heard at ground level, the AMS said.

You can learn more about meteors at American Meteor Society’s website: www.amsmeteors.org.

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