Meteor seen over Alabama, Georgia on Sept. 9
ATLANTA -- Brilliant lights lit up the skies over Alabama and Georgia late Monday night as a meteor sailed across the Southeast.
Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville said a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 9:18 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday.
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NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say that just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the Alabama town of Woodstock, producing a flash of light. Woodstock is about 30 miles southwest of Birmingham.
NASA says the meteor produced sonic booms because it penetrated so deep into Earth's atmosphere. Sonic booms were reported from across parts of Alabama and Georgia as the meteor streaked overhead.
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The American Meteor Society took in nearly 200 reports from sky watchers across the Southeastern states Monday evening. Many reports of the meteor's flight came from across Metro Atlanta, including one viewer who said a brilliant green flash lit up the skies over Midtown.
The AMS said they received reports from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan of the meteor as it streaked through the atmosphere.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)