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Watch a Meteor Burn Up in a Fiery Ball Over Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2015

A meteor burned up in the atmosphere over the skies of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York Tuesday morning, lighting up in a flare that was reportedly brighter than the full moon.

Dr. William Cooke of the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA confirmed that a meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere over western Pennsylvania around 4:50am, the local NBC affiliate reports. It originated from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

The 500-pound meteor moved east at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour, but cameras lost track of it 13 miles above the town of Kittanning, Pa., east of Pittsburgh. "There is a good chance of small fragments lying on the ground just to the east of Kittanning," Cooke said.

[WFMJ]

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