Days after a 1,000-pound ball of fire whizzed over a small Texas town, a PIECE of flaming space rock was discovered.
The American Meteor Society confirmed the latest findings on the lone star’s condition and said two other fragments had been found days earlier in Italy and France.
Preliminary information led NASA experts to believe that a “meteoroid,” which becomes a meteor when it burns up in Earth’s atmosphere and a meteorite when it hits the ground, zoomed across the Texas sky Wednesday night is.
Government officials believe the massive space rock was a whopping two feet long before it shattered into pieces about 21 miles above Earth and crashed at undisclosed locations.
According to NASA Meteor Watch, it was moving at a speed of 27,000 miles per hour with the energy of eight tons of TNT.
NASA warned locals never to touch parts of the burning space rock and to notify police if anything suspicious was found.
On Saturday, AMS shared a photo of the newly discovered space rock, noting that two other pieces had been found days earlier in Italy and France.
The dark rock appears quite smooth and stands out against the southwest maquis in the image taken by an anonymous source.
The Italian meteorite, meanwhile, landed on a balcony in Matera, according to The Guardian.
It comes after officials in the Rio Grande Valley confirmed a meteorite was spotted on Thursday after local officials were inundated with calls from various sightings.
Local residents reported hearing a loud bang and said their homes shook, sparking panic across the city.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said Houston Air Traffic Control received two reports from aircraft of a meteorite sighting west of McAllen.
A point of impact was unknown, Guerra said at the time.
There were no reports of damage.
Alton Police Chief Jonathan Flores said they felt the blast in his area but weren’t sure what caused it.
“I know it was widespread. There are multiple cities that get the same call,” Flores said.
Mission Police Chief Cesar Torres said: “We have not found a crime scene. We don’t even know if there’s a crime scene.”
The National Weather Service also provided an update on the situation, sharing an image from the Geostationary Lightning Mapper that received a signal on Wednesday.
“For those wondering what these images mean, it means there was a flash in the atmosphere bright enough for our NOAA satellites to spot at around 5:23 p.m. today,” the NWS explained.
The signal was observed from space even though there were no storms in the area.
The American Meteor Society received five reports of “fireball” sightings across Texas.
Two reports came from near Mission, Texas, while two people reported seeing it in San Antonio and a fifth a sighting in Uvalde.
“Small mark that disappeared as the fireball burned out,” the San Antonio witness wrote.
“It appeared to be going on a trajectory headed towards Lytle TX,” wrote a second person in San Antonio.
The witness in Uvalde said it looked like “an emergency flare,” while a resident of the mission reported a plume of smoke across the sky.
The origin of the mysterious object remains unknown, but meteorites generally pose no threat to the public, NASA said Thursday.
“The meteor seen in the sky above McAllen is a reminder of the need for NASA and other organizations to improve our understanding and protection of Earth,” the government agency said in a press release.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7449475/meteor-crash-piece-discovered-texas-nasa/ Flaming space rock found in meteor crash just days after Nasa confirmed a 1,000-pound ball of fire was flying over Texas