After hours of speculation around a fiery object that flew across the clear skies of Colorado’s Front Range Wednesday morning, scientists finally believe they have an answer.
The American Meteor Society originally listed it as a “mystery event” because some witnesses, including Brian Paulson, who captured it in the video above, reported seeing the object for as long as 20 seconds — much longer than meteors are typically visible.
But after investigating, NASA says the fireball was indeed a meteor, and it belonged to a class of space rocks known as “Earthgrazers.” According to NASA, Earthgrazers can travel a “considerable distance before getting low enough to completely burn up.”
Earlier in the day, some experts weren’t ruling out the chance the fireball was space junk re-entering the atmopshere, like the case of the Chinese rocket booster spotted burning up over the U.S. Southwest in late February.
More than 70 witnesses filed reports with the AMS. While most people who saw the object were in Colorado, there were also witnesses in Wyoming, western South Dakota and Nebraska.
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