Please excuse the driver’s NSFW exclamation of amazement in this Dash Cam of the Week, but it’s not every day the night sky lights up as it does in this clip. The vehicle was headed east on I-40 before dawn Thursday when the fireball drops in and then disappears over the horizon.
NASA identified the object as a meteor, likely about 5 feet in diameter, traveling more than 40,000 mph and with a kinetic energy of approximately half a kiloton.
“There are no reports of any damage or injuries—just a lot of light and few sonic booms,” said Bill Cooke in NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. “If Doppler radar is any indication, there are almost certainly meteorites scattered on the ground north of Tucson.”
A likely story, NASA. Any truckers in the Roswell, NM, area early Thursday? Let us know what really happened.
This footage from the Sedona Red Rock Cam (part of the EarthCam network) shows the canyon lighting up.
Of course, Twitter lit up like, well, a fireball.