STATES CHRONICLE – Space truly is the final frontier. Cold, lacking oxygen, and very, very dark, people spend billions of dollars to actually be able to spend time floating in their tin can high above the world. But then, occasionally, something from up there decides to visit, as was the case Thursday night, when a green fireball fell on the Henry County line in Georgia.
The green fireball was, of course, a meteor.
Georgia citizens were either excited or terrified on Thursday night, when a big green fireball was spotted descending rapidly over their homes.
The thing that looked a sorcery from a fantasy game or book eventually crashed somewhere in a deeply forested area of the state.
In the wake of the incident, NASA Meteor Environment Office’s Bill Cooke opened up to the press on Friday regarding the very interesting phenomenon.
The NASA employee stated his excitement regarding the crash, as even though fireballs falling across the sky aren’t that uncommon, meteorites are quite rare.
The meteorite was initially spotted at around 5:30 p.m., in McDonough, Georgia. It was very fast, moving at 29,000 miles per hour, at roughly 50 miles above ground level.
It eventually slowed down, and the NASA technicians lost track of it when it was about 17 miles above Locust Grove, and travelling at about 9,000 miles per hour.
The rock started its journey in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and started heading towards Earth. In this state, the rock was a meteoroid.
It quickly became a meteor once it entered Earth’s atmosphere and turned green due to its interactions with the oxygen atoms, and eventually stopped burning, slowed down and landed, becoming a meteor.
The 150 pound rock isn’t very common, because usually meteorites burn out in the atmosphere, leaving nothing to reach Earth. However, since it did slow down and crash, the scientists that are investigating it are getting excited.
NASA managed to follow the meteor with the aid of six of its cameras designed for this reason in particular and eventually lost track of it.
They did, however, ascertain the rough landing location, in a very dense part of a thick forest on the Henry County line in Georgia.
However, due to the resources needed to search for, find and transport the meteor, the scientists are considering whether the effort is worth it. As Bill Cooke said, they are considering it, but it’s not very easy to look for rocks in the forest.
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