A 220-Kilo Meteor Scorched the Pennsylvanian Sky Last Night

By Jamie Condliffe on at

NASA reports that it observed a 500-pound (226-kilo) meteor, around two-feet in diameter, which zipped through the Earth's atmosphere above Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last night.

The lump of rock passed by at about 45,000 miles per hour. While it fell from visibility at an altitude of 13 miles, scientists predict that fragments likely fell to the ground east of a town called Kittanning.

The video above was captured by one of the black-and-white cameras that makes up NASA's 'All Sky Fireball Network'. Set up by the Meteoroid Environment Office, it's a series of cameras pointing up the night sky across the US, found in schools and other public spaces, that are put in place to record occurrences just like this. Clearly it's working! [NASA via Verge]

Video by NASA/Bill Cooke