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Meteor lights up sky over southern US

September 10, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) — NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported across the southern U.S. came from a meteor.

Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center say a fragment of a comet entered Earth’s atmosphere Monday night.

NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph (122,300 kph). They say just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere it disintegrated, producing a flash of light.

NASA spokeswoman Janet Anderson says that because it penetrated so deep into Earth’s atmosphere, eyewitnesses heard sonic booms.

Music fans at a Mumford & Sons concert in Alabama reported seeing a flash of light.

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