Fireball Flashes across Sky in Colorado

Fireball Flashes across Sky in Colorado

On Wednesday morning, just before dawn, many sharp-eyed Colorado residents saw something like a meteorite in the clear night skies. It got recorded in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s roof-mounted camera that records the sky at night.

In the video recording a fireball was visible at 6 a.m. and it’s evident speed and the direction from north to the west was consistent with a meteor, but the experts still wants to do the detailed inspection of the reports and videos to confirm it.

In a statement to CBS4, Samantha Richards, the museum’s earth and space science educator, said, “There has been some activity lately. There is not a meteor shower currently occurring, but there has been an increase in activity all over the world in meteor sightings recently”.

Richards added that the scientists are not sure of its reason yet, but hopefully, they’ll be able to find out it soon. He said that the more people will report about what they saw, the more the scientists will be able to investigate.

Meteors are made up of different kinds of materials, including iron and nickel which leads to colorful streaks across the night sky.

Meteors are visible when space rocks and pebbles fall on Earth, and get heated up due to the action of friction as they pass through the atmosphere.

Most of these apple sized pieces get burned up much before they hit the ground and some of these objects are big enough to reach the ground, where they are classified as meteorites.

According to NASA, around 100 tons of space debris enter Earth’s atmosphere every day. But the scientists are not sure about the origin of the material, although some may belong to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, while other debris originates in comets that passed Earth’s orbit, even thousands of years in the past.