Nasa releases video of meteor hurtling at 47,000kph towards Earth

NASA has released a video of a meteor hurtling towards earth at 47,000 kilometres per hour over the US state of Georgia.

The footage was released by the space agency after it received numerous reports of a bright fireball over the state.

In a statement, it said the meteor had been picked up by NASA’s ‘all sky meteor cameras in the southeast,’ travelling at an altitude of 80 kilometres miles above the town of Georgia, southeast of Atlanta.

NASA released still images of the meteor taken from its cameras. Photo: NASA
NASA released still images of the meteor taken from its cameras. Photo: NASA

“From its brightness, it is estimated that this piece of an asteroid weighed at least 150 pounds (68kg) and was over 16 inches (41cm) in diameter.

“It entered the atmosphere at a steep angle and moved almost due south at a speed of 29,000 miles per hour (47,000kph),” the statement read.

The object was picked up as close as 27 kilometres from earth, just above the town of Locust Grove.

However, by that stage, it had slowed to 14,500 kilometres per hour and was no longer producing light by burning up.

NASA said fragments of the asteroid may have “survived to reach the ground as meteorites”.

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