A Fireball 10 Times Brighter
Than the moon streaked across the skies over Arkansas, Louisiana and Misssippi early Wednesday (April 27)
The Fireball Created
A Loud boom and treating dozens of people to a dazzling light show, according to NASA.
The Blazing Meteor Was First
Spied by onlookers around 8:03 a.m. CDT streaking above the Mississippi River, not far from the town of Alcorn, Mississippi.
The Meteor's Breakup Triggered
Several sonic booms and vibrations that struck with the force of 3 tons of TNT, according to a NASA blog post.
One Resident Of Vicksburg, Mississippi,
Said she spotted an "orange fireball the size of a basketball, with a white tail behind it,"
The Fireball Was Spawned By
A hunk of asteroid that was about 3.3 feet (1 meter) in diameter and weighed about 90 pounds (40 kilograms), according to NASA.
It Was Traveling At 55,000 Mph
As it entered Earth's atmosphere, and then broke up into several smaller pieces before completely disintegrating over the swamps near Minorca, Louisiana, according to NASA.