At about 10 p.m. on July 26, 12 hours before the total solar eclipse, cameras outside of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences recorded the most powerful meteor ever observed in our country.
No one was injured, but the fireball lifted into the night sky as viewers look for the sun. YouTube user Haxel1708, in the video (watch below), said that the footage shows the debris winged by a stream of gas.
The event was captured on camera from Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, N.C. Just before 10 p.m., a sound like a car braking or crashing can be heard. Someone, in the background, yells “Cancer, cancer!” Again, the sound of crashing is heard. The rumbling becomes more intense.
The fireball trails hundreds of feet above an intersection in the distance. The short clip lasts less than 10 seconds, but it captures the point in the sky where NASA says the meteor was in the sky.
Robert Massey, an astronomer and director of the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Physics at Duke University, told Inside Science that the longer video was needed to track the path of the meteor after it started to burn up.