New photo of fireball spotted in sky over El Paso, Las Cruces
POSTED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2:23pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:07am
EL PASO (KTSM) — NewsChannel 9 was able to obtain a photo capturing the fireball that shot across the sky over El Paso and other parts of the region Saturday night.
The image came from a NASA camera located at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
An official with the Meteoroid Environments Office said he believed the bright flash was caused by a meteor.
"A crude estimate of the size of this meteor would be a rock around a foot in diameter," the official said Sunday.
NewsChannel 9 first received calls and emails from viewers Saturday night describing the bright flash.
Viewers said the fireball appeared shortly after 9 p.m.. over Northwest El Paso.
The National Weather Service said similar reports were made all across Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, including Phoenix.
Late Saturday night, the American Meteor Society was investigating as many as 93 reports of sightings, according to the group's website.
"Huge fireball! Never seen anything like it," wrote one person in Hatch. "Saw a large glow over my shoulder and looked up. Brighter than a full moon, it was like it was daytime."
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