NASA "all-sky meteor cameras" at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tenn., and Walker County Science Center in northwest Georgia detected what scientists called "a very bright fireball moving north" across Tennessee. First spotted 52 miles above Arnold Air Force Base near Tullahoma, the meteor was brighter than Wednesday night's crescent moon, approximately 2 feet in diameter and weighed 200 pounds.
NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center, which looks for meteors across the Southeast, said one or more meteorites survived to hit the ground. Eyewitnesses are asked to make a report to the American Meteor Society (www.amsmeteors.com)
NASA says the meteor's orbit indicates it came from the Asteroid Belt well beyond Mars.