Tuesday , June 22 2021

Meteor captured on camera that stretches over skies in central Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) –

Texas lives up to shining "big and bright" after showing a meteor that stretched across the sky on Thursday night.

In the Killeen area, video from Christopher Cato shows the light beam caught on its dash camera as it traveled through the atmosphere.

Others in central Texas said they heard a tall boom.

A Houston-based woman told the ABC13 meteorologist Travis Herzog that they discovered the blue flash that flourished in a turquoise jewelton as it raced across the night sky.

Viewer Mary Ann Miron reported that she saw something unusually explode in the sky around 9:30 p.m. in Hempstead west of Highway 6 on FM 1736.

"A giant ball like a meteorite changed the rainbow spectrum of the color until it became a beautiful turquoise," said Miron. "I've seen shooting stars, but it was big and colorful!"

NASA defines a meteor as a piece of rock breaking off from an asteroid that circles the sun. It burns when it comes into the earth's atmosphere.

If a part of the mountain survives the journey through the atmosphere and hits the surface of the earth, it becomes a meteorite.

Leonid meteor shower happened this weekend but Travis says there is no way to know if this meteor was part of it.

Did you know the meteor that burns over the sky on Thursday?

If so, you can report fireballs here to the American Meteor Society.

You can also share photos with ABC13 on social media using hashtag # ABC13Eyewitness.

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