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Fireball outshines moon, caught on NASA video (+video)

Fireball outshines moon: NASA cameras captured video of a meteor streaking past the moon. The fireball was one of the brightest observed by NASA in the past five years.

The white stationary dot in the bottom left is the moon captured by a NASA camera in Chickamauga, Ga., as a meteor streaks by at 56,000 m.p.h.
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A dazzlingly bright fireball lit up the skies over the American South last week, and NASA caught the dramatic action on video.

The meteor blazed up in the predawn hours of Aug. 28, putting on a brief but spectacular show for night owls in several southeastern states.

"Recorded by all six NASA cameras in the Southeast, this fireball was one of the brightest observed by the network in 5 years of operations," Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., wrote in a blog post Tuesday (Sept. 3).

"From Chickamauga, Georgia, the meteor was 20 times brighter than the full moon; shadows were cast on the ground as far south as Cartersville." [See video of last week's super-bright meteor]

The asteroid that sparked the sky show was probably about 2 feet wide and weighed more than 100 pounds, Cooke added. The space rock hit Earth's atmosphere above the Georgia/Tennessee border at 3:27 a.m. EDT (0727 GMT) on Aug. 28, moving northeast at 56,000 mph.

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