Meteor streaking over Vermont exploded so "violently," it shook buildings, NASA says

Published March 11, 2021 204 Views

A fireball traveling at 42,000 miles per hour streaked across the night sky above Vermont on Sunday night, creating a spectacular light show.

The meteor "fragmented so violently," it shook buildings across the state and produced a loud boom, NASA said.

NASA said on Facebook that over 100 eyewitnesses reported details of the meteor in Vermont around 5:38 p.m.

It first appeared about 52 miles above Mount Mansfield State Forest, moving 33 miles through the upper atmosphere, before burning up 33 miles above Beach Hill, in Orleans County.

It said the space rock was likely a fragment of an asteroid.

It was so intense, it could be heard for miles, as it shook homes and cars.

The meteor's explosive passage through the atmosphere released the equivalent of 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of TNT, suggesting that the meteor was likely 10 pounds (4.5 kg) and 6 inches (15 centimeters) in diameter, according to NASA Meteor Watch.




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