At 8:18 p.m. CDT on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, skygazers in Alabama were stunned by a fireball meteor that streaked across the sky.
The meteor moved southwest across the sky at a velocity of 76,000 miles per hour. Marshall Space Flight Center official Bill Cooke has confirmed that it was a baseball-sized fragment of a comet.
A meteor is classified as a fireball when it is brighter than the planet Venus, which Cooke said, "The fireball seen [on] Monday night was 15 times brighter than Venus."
The phenomenon was only visible for 3 seconds, as the meteor disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere over the town of Woodstock, Ala. The video below shows a montage of the lone fireball as it shot across the sky.
The fireball was also accompanied by a sonic boom, which is a thunderlike noise that accompanies an object moving faster than the speed of sound.
The American Meteor Society has already received more than 190 reported sightings of this event.
Reported sightings of the fireball were described by attendants of Mumford & Son's concert at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, Ala. However, a video reportedly claiming to be the cosmic event is unsubstantiated. While Cooke says the video is consistent with what concert-goers would have witnessed, it is believed to be a fireball that occurred in Argentina earlier this year.
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