A video showing an object flying through the air in West Virginia was shared on Twitter and has already garnered thousands of likes.
However, the object in the video is not a meteor or a ‘fireball’, it is a contrast that arises when exhaust gas from a high altitude mixes with water vapor in very cold temperatures.
The AMS (American Meteor Society) explained what a contrast is, and how you can see that the object in the video is indeed not a fireball or a meteor.
Video of ‘Fireball’ in West Virginia is shared on Twitter
On Dec. 27, a video of something flying through the air in West Virginia was shared on Twitter.
The video got thousands of likes, and many people shared their theories about what it is – with many people assuming it was a meteor or a fireball.
AMS confirms there was no fireball in West Virginia
One of the reasons we know that the video was not from a meteor is because meteor falls through the sky within seconds and that the video on Twitter is almost two minutes long.
The AMS (American Meteor Society) states: “If you have had enough time to grab your phone to take a picture, it is definitely NOT a fireball. Fireballs usually last only a few seconds. Longer fireballs are extremely rare. ”
What is a contrail?
Scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have compiled a fact sheet on Contrails.
The fact sheet reads:
‘Contrails are cloud-shaped clouds or’ condensation paths’, composed of ice particles, which are visible behind jet aircraft engines, usually at altitudes in the upper atmosphere. Contracts have been a normal effect of jet flying since the earliest days. ”
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