Last Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Meteor shower in east coast of United States!

Social media sites are today filled with meteor shower in east coast of United States. A bright flash of light (fireball) was seen moving toward the southeast.

Heat map of witness sightings March 22nd, 2013 Meteor shower; American Meteor Society

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More than 500 people from along the Atlantic coast ranging from Maine to North Carolina have reported a bright meteor in east of United States, according to the American Meteor Society.

The sky flash was spotted as far south as Florida and as far north as New England.

Following Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office, the flash appears to be "a single meteor event."

Following SpaceWeather.Com, on March 23, 2013 there were 1389 potentially hazardous asteroids. Note that none of the Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) is on a collision course with our planet.

Very few meteors actually reach the ground as 99.99% completely disintegrate in the atmosphere.
In February 2013, meteorite injured 500 people in Russia. It was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century.

About Asteroids, meteors and meteorites
-Asteroids orbits the Sun. They are small bodies.
-Planetoids or minor planets are also called large Asteroids.
-Once these Asteroids enter our planet's atmosphere, it becomes a Meteor.
-If any any of these Meteor impact our Earth, they become Meteorites.

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The American Meteor Society has received over 500 reports alone of a meteor shower in east coast that occurred near 20:00 (8:00 pm EDT) on Friday evening March 22, 2013. You can visit the American Meteor Society site by clicking here.

Photo: Heat map of witness sightings of Meteor shower in east coast of U.S.A on March 22, 2013; American Meteor Society

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 23, 2013