Fireball! Meteor going 45,000 mph lights up Pennsylvania sky

February 18, 2015

A meteor moving at 45,000 mph lit up the sky over western Pennsylvania.

NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office says the space rock measuring two feet in diameter and weighing roughly 500 pounds entered Earth's atmosphere above the Pittsburgh suburbs around 4:50 a.m. Tuesday. It could be seen in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

NASA says cameras detected the rock at an altitude of 60 miles above Beaver Falls, northwest of Pittsburgh. The agency says it flared brighter than a full moon as it descended to an altitude of 13 miles above Kittanning, northeast of Pittsburgh.

The agency says the meteor likely came from the between Mars and Jupiter.

NASA says may be scattered on the ground east of Kittanning.

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jwozniak
not rated yet Feb 22, 2015
Be that as it may, it was too overcast to go outside and see the thing. And freezing cold.
PhotonX
5 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2015
45,000 mph

Metric retard - metric.
What makes you say that? Miles per second is the standard measurement in the U.S., not kilometers per second, and it's not that unusual to see Imperial measurements. If you're saying it should be a lower number (28,000 mph) and that the 45,000 value is actually kps, and my understanding is that meteors can certainly be traveling at 45,000 mph, since 25,000 is the lower end of the velocity range, right?
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