Hundreds of people in South Texas said they witnessed what they believed was a meteor crashing into Earth.
The news of the sighting went viral after a local named Guy Parker captured what appears to be a meteor flying across Alamo City on his dash cam – around 8:40 p.m. Central (9:40 p.m. ET).
Following his video, which he uploaded online, the American Meteor Society received more than 200 reports about it so far from people in various parts of the Lone Star State, who reported seeing the same greenish light within minutes of each other.
Almost a day later, Dr. Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, confirmed that the giant fireball spotted in the Texas night sky was indeed a meteor.
"This was definitely what we call a fireball, which by definition is a meteor brighter than the planet Venus," he told reporters in a conference call Sunday.
"This event was so bright that it was picked up on a NASA meteor camera in the mountains of New Mexico over 500 miles away, which makes it extremely unusual," he said. "This was a very bright event."
Moreover, the shooting star, Cooke estimates, was more than 4 feet wide, weighed about 4,000 pounds and burned five times brighter than a full moon.
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While NASA has confirmed the sighting, Cooke added scientists are still investigating the details.