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Watch: Meteor traveling 54,000 miles per hour explodes over Tennessee

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, August 5, 2013 16:28 EDT
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Capricornid meteor explodes over Tennessee (Screenshot)
 
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Star-gazers in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi witnessed a bright fireball light up the sky last week. The Capricornid meteor was traveling at 54,000 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. A video captured by NASA shows the meteor streaking across the sky on August 1 around 12:00 a.m. before exploding 47 miles above Taft, Tennessee. The Alpha Capricornids meteor shower takes place between 15 July and 10 August.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by Space.com, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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