NASA Gives Verdict On Shocking Video Of 'Fireball Crashing To Earth'
Some people have been getting very excited after a video which seemed to show a meteor heading towards Earth, was shared online.
When amateur photographer, Howard Gowan, caught the mind-blowing clip of a 'fireball' flying through the atmosphere, he shared the clip online to see if anyone had any answers.
The 75-year-old thought he had actually caught a meteor which he feared was crashing straight to Earth.
He said: "I'm in an assisted living facility and attached to it is a six-storey penthouse tower with a 360-degree view that I have access to.
"I often go up for sunrises and sunsets, and I was there around 7am, just looking at the sunrise, when I happened to turn and look to the south and there was this big old fireball.
"I was very excited. I said 'my gosh, I have never seen something like that.'"
Perplexed by the shocking footage, the man who lives in Holly Hill, Florida, said it certainly got other people talking.
He said: "I have a friend from the UK, Patrick Rooney, and he picked it up and said something about how it was a meteor," he continued.
"I looked at Facebook again that afternoon and people were in a big discussion about there being an unknown meteor shower."
Perhaps less likely, some suggested the 'fireball' could in fact be sign of extra-terrestrial life.
Howard added: "I had no idea what it was, except it looked awful big and I did determine that it was moving away from me.
"When it got so low, it looked like it exploded, but I think it just went behind some clouds."
However, experts at ground control have eased fears and said people shouldn't be planning for Armageddon just yet. Phew.
A spokesperson for NASA said: "It's a jet contrail, illuminated by the rising sun. The two tails are a dead giveaway."
Howard said: "I tend pretty much to believe that, except it just looked so big and I had never seen anything like that before, but NASA are pretty sharp."
"I feel so good that it did stir all this excitement - and it was exciting, because it's something you don't normally see and I was the lucky one who got to share it."
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