'Fireball meteor' passes over Southeast (VIDEO)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 10, 2013 

A strange headline caught my eye this morning: "Large Fireball Meteor with Sonics Over Alabama."

And so, half curious and half terrified, I clicked on the story. More than 180 witnesses reported seeing a meteor over Alabama and Georgia around 9:25 p.m. EDT Monday. “It was a meteor, a fireball, and a very bright one,” said Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Cooke told AL.com that the meteor was going about 73,000 mph -- and at an altitude of 25 miles, which was "very low."

NASA told the AP that, just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, the meteor disintegrated above Woodstock, Ala.

"A fireball is bright meteor, a meteor brighter than the planet Venus," Cooke said. "This one looks like it was as bright as the moon was tonight."

Someone reportedly caught footage of the meteor during the Mumford & Sons concert in Birmingham, Ala. Take a look:

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