• Released Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Updated Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 11:29AM
  • ID: 11231

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Bright meteors light up the night sky each spring—and scientists aren't sure why.

More than 100 tons of meteor-producing debris enters Earth's atmosphere each day. Watch this video to learn more.

This video compilation shows observations made by NASA's network of ground cameras in March and April 2013.

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The meteor that created this streak was about an inch in diameter and weighed just 22 grams.

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Three ground cameras tracked this bright meteor as it traveled through the sky at approximately 32,000 mph.


Please give credit for this item to:
Science@NASA and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Cover image courtesy of Howard Edin, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
Ground camera images and video courtesy of NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environments Office/Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser

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