Cooke believes the streak could have been space junk reentering the earth.
NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are confirming that a fireball – a large meteor – streaked across Walker County, Ala., at about 1 a.m. Monday morning.
But NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center was on it. The space agency tracked the light with five different cameras and determined that it was nothing more than a piece of flaming debris, which forms when discarded rocket stages, disintegrated metal and other once-operational material congeals.
The Channel 2 Action News newsroom received several phone calls and many people posted pictures and videos to social media.
The bright streak was described to local Atlanta network Channel 2 Action News by a viewer from McDonough, Georgia, as “something with bright colors with a long following of bright colors went through the sky”.
The object only moved at around 14,500 miles per hour, which made it far too slow to be a meteor or a fireball.
“Every once in a while the earth runs into these objects as we’re moving around the sun”, said David Dundee from the Tellus Science Museum.
According to the American Meteor Society fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky.
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