The asteroid, estimated to be about 14 feet (4 meters) across, passed the world about 16,300 miles (26,200 kilometers) away, according to Space.com. The asteroid will now make a two-year loop around the sun, eventually swinging back around to Earth; nevertheless, NASA anticipates that it wont come almost as close as it did on April 12 for at least another century.
Not long after, Jay OBrien, a press reporter for CBS News in West Palm Beach, tweeted a video of the fireball taking off in midair. His associate Zach Covey, a meteorologist for CBS, reacted saying that the fireball was likely a “portion of an asteroid called 2021 GW4,” an area rock that was due to go by Earth that night..
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WOAH! Big flash and streak throughout sky in West Palm Beach. Happened moments ago while we were on Facebook Live for a @CBS12 story. Working to figure out what it was.
WOAH! Big flash and streak across sky in West Palm Beach. Taken place moments ago while we were on Facebook Live for a @CBS12 story. Working to find out what it was. pic.twitter.com/VDl9pFtb3hApril 13, 2021.
@CoralTap Just saw this in the sky from Parkland at 10:16 PM. #Meteor pic.twitter.com/E1rqXUbku8April 13, 2021.
A gleaming fireball zoomed throughout the sky near West Palm Beach, Florida on Monday night (April 13), and local news teams and home security systems caught video footage of its dramatic descent..
The meteor was found at about 10 p.m. EDT, when it toppled from the sky and disintegrated in an abrupt flash of light, NPR reported..
Although 2021 GW4 made a relatively close go by the planet, Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, disagreed with Coveys theory, tweeting that “Its a regular fireball and absolutely nothing to do with GW4.”.
Normally speaking, fireballs consist of any meteor that shines a minimum of as brightly as the world Venus in the sky, according to Space.com; fireballs actually fall to Earth every day but most go unnoticed, tipping over unoccupied locations, throughout the day or under cloud cover, according to the International Meteor Organization, an international non-profit..
Whatever the meteors origin, the National Weather Service Tampa Bay handled to snap a photo of the fireball burning up off the Florida coast. The intense flash was gotten by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), a satellite-borne instrument that monitors for modifications in brightness to keep track of lightning events, they tweeted..
Initially published on Live Science..