Strange Blue Texas Meteor Prompts Over 95 Fireball Reports

A rare blue meteor was captured last night on video (see below.) It came down outside of Johnson City, Texas and was seen and reported by many in multiple states.

A bright blue fireball was caught on video streaking across the night sky in Texas, with many residents reporting a loud boom around the same time.

… The American Meteor Society saidit received dozens of reports of a fireball in the sky over Texas Thursday night, with some sightings as far away as Louisiana and Oklahoma.

The society shared a video from witness Christopher Cato, whose dashboard camera recorded the bright blue light streaking across the sky in the Killeen area around 9:30 p.m.

The AMS said the meteor was traveling east to west and ended its flight to the southeast of Johnson City, Texas. Numerous witnesses reported hearing a loud boom around the same time as the light show in the sky.


Over 95 fireball reports from 3 states

The AMS has received over 95 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Texas on November 15th, 2018 around 21:25am CDT (November 16th 3:25 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from Texas but was also seen from Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Via AMSmeteors

What meteors are blue normally?

In case you were thinking it, there is no reason to think this small blue meteor came from the odd blue polarized light reflecting object called 3200 Phaethon.

The color of an object when heated gives us clues as to its composition.

Most types of alcohol, including natural gas, burn as blue fire, as do certain copper, arsenic, and lead compounds. (Source) There is also a very rare radioactive element that glows blue in the dark, actinium.

This meteor is possibly some human space junk like, a fuel tank, burning up, but it could be a space rock with magnesium compounds.

Someone should keep an eye on Johnson City, Texas, just in case. You never know what might be visiting from the stars.

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