NASA Confirms Meteor, Possible Fragments South Of Atlanta

Meteor Confirmed, Fragments Possible South of Atlanta

LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — NASA has identified a fiery object seen flying across Georgia near Henry County, Thursday night.

Officials with the space agency said that around 6:30 p.m. they received several reports of a bright fireball shooting across the sky.

Authorities in the scientific community have since identified the object as a piece of an asteroid that likely weighed at least 150 pounds as it streaked 50 miles above McDonough, Ga.

It entered the atmosphere at approximately 29,000 mph.

NASA’s cameras tracked the object to an altitude of 17 miles above the town of Locust Grove where it slowed to a speed of 9,000 miles per hour.

That’s when the fireball stopped producing light by ablation – or brightly burning up.

Now the hunt is on by amateur meteorite hunters in the area of Locust Grove and counties adjacent to Henry County where NASA believes potential chucks may have made landfall.

NASA scientists plan to conduct a more thorough analysis of the meteor on Friday.

Original Article:http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/mcdonough/2015/12/17/nasa-meteor-confirmed-fragments-possible-south-atlanta/77523996/

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