NASA: Object in AZ sky likely an asteroid

Published: Jun. 2, 2016 at 9:35 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 2:08 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - NASA said the light seen in the Arizona sky early Thursday morning, June 2, was likely an asteroid.

Shortly after 4 a.m., KOLD News 13 was bombarded with calls and emails about an object lighting up the sky.

The small asteroid was around 10 feet and weighed tens of tons. NASA estimated it was moving 40,200 miles per hour.

"There are no reports of any damage or injuries - just a lot of light and few sonic booms," Bill Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, told KPHO. "If Doppler radar is any indication, there are almost certainly meteorites scattered on the ground north of Tucson."

Multiple KOLD viewers reported seeing a quick, bright flash of light. Some said it looked like a firework.

Here's a video from Steven Paris.

Here's what it looked like from the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center cam.

It was also visible from Phoenix.

Check out this video from @PhoenixFireScan:

While many weren't quick enough to catch the flash on camera, plenty of people captured the aftermath.

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If you'd like to report seeing the fireball, you can do so on the American Meteor Society website here:

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