Every now and then, this arrogant little human race that we’re all a part of needs a little reminder of just how fragile we are.
We’ve grown a bit big for our britches at times; most recently in the last century-and-a-half. We’ve started and ended two world wars, watched the American continent almost cleave itself in half, and somehow lived through the Cold War to boot.
So, maybe we’re lucky enough to live on a planet where the good guys can keep the bad guys from pressing the wrong buttons, and that’s great. But that still doesn’t account for the awe-inducing power of the cosmos raining down on the atmosphere above Texas.
Video captured an intense fireball shooting across the night sky over north Texas and the surrounding area, showing what scientists described as a slow-moving meteor.
The meteor was first seen about 48 miles above Texas Highway 11, between Sulphur Springs and Winnsboro, according to NASA’s analysis. Hundreds of people across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma reported a sighting.
“The fireball was at least as bright as a quarter Moon, which translates to something bigger than 6 inches in diameter with a weight of 10 pounds,” NASA said.
And while the fireball may have looked quick to the human eye, it was actually considered a slow moving meteor. It was traveling northeast at 30,000 miles per hour, going about 59 miles through the upper atmosphere before fragmenting, NASA said. Space debris can travel as fast as 160,000 mph, according to the American Meteor Society.
The incident not only lit up the Lone Star State’s starry night, but social media as well.
— Christy (@TheChauffeuse) July 26, 2021
Did you see the #fireball Sunday night around 8:57 pm? Check out this security camera from Pilot Point, Texas.
Many across the area reported seeing the unusually bright meteor.
— Mandy Bailey (@MandyBaileyWX) July 27, 2021
FIREBALL IN THE SKY: Meteor spotted above Texas over the weekend, with some residents saying they could feel their homes shaking. pic.twitter.com/8Q9tzRosvW
— ABC News (@ABC) July 27, 2021
— Corpus Christi Crónica (@corpuscronica) July 26, 2021
The space rock caused no injuries here on our terrestrial plane, thank goodness, but certainly provided quite the show for Texan skywatchers.