Fireball Over Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh fireball photo

PITTSBURGH —Did you see the fireball over Pittsburgh Tuesday morning?

According to NASA, a very bright fireball was seen over New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The fireball was captured by several NASA cameras. Check out the video above from a camera at Allegheny Observatory near Pittsburgh.

The fireball was described as a space rock about 2 feet in diameter and weighing about 500 pounds.

The space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere above Western Pennsylvania and was first detected by cameras at an altitude of 60 miles above Beaver Falls.

“The fireball moved almost due east at a speed of 45,000 mph. It flared brighter than the Full Moon before the cameras lost track of it at altitude of 13 miles above Kittanning,” said Bill Cooke, with NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office.

Cooke said there may be fragments scattered on the ground east of Kittanning.

“This celestial visitor had an orbit that took it out to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It came a mighty long way to a fiery end in the predawn Pennsylvania sky,” Cooke said.

Original Article: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/massive-fireball-over-pittsburgh-captured-nasa-cam/nkC4j/

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