Around 4am Thursday morning, a massive fireball lit up the sky between Phoenix and Tuscon. It was accompanied by a boom that shook windows, and woke people for miles in every direction. Almost instantly people began posting videos of the blinding light and the strange trail left in its wake.
Bits of meteor ranging in size from pebbles to grapefruit rained down in the town of Cibecue, Laurence Garvie, curator of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University, told the Associated Press. Garvie believes that this wasn't a part of a meteor shower, but a single space rock that intersected with Earth's orbit.
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NASA estimates that the small asteroid (larger than a meteor) was around 10 feet across, weighed tens of tons, and was moving at 40,200 miles an hour.
“There are no reports of any damage or injuries — just a lot of light and few sonic booms,” Bill Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center, told Tucson's KPHO. “If Doppler radar is any indication, there are almost certainly meteorites scattered on the ground north of Tucson.”
Not many people were out at 4am to capture the event, but some good footage has been dug up from various dash cams and security footage.
In addition to videos of the flash, many residents dragged themselves out of bed to capture the eerily beautiful trails the astroid left in the morning sky.
Now, Arizonans will have to get out there and dig up some meteors to make King Tut another sword.