Meteor lights up sky over Georgia, Alabama

Sep 10, 2013 by Jeff Martin

NASA officials say brilliant lights in the sky and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia came from a meteor that streaked across the South.

Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., say a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18 p.m. CDT Monday.

NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the central Alabama town of Woodstock, producing a flash of light.

NASA spokeswoman Janet Anderson says that because it penetrated so deep into Earth's atmosphere, heard .

Music fans at a Mumford & Sons concert in Pelham, Ala., Monday night also reported seeing a flash of light.

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