Videos Show Texas Meteor Streaking Through the Night Sky: 'Shook Our Entire House'

A fireball shot through the sky over Texas on Sunday night, prompting dozens of eyewitness reports, with one person saying it "shook our entire house."

The streak of light, which was most likely a meteor, occurred over a northeast area of the state just before 10 p.m. EDT.

According to NASA's Meteor Watch service, the space rock was travelling at a speed of more than 52,000 miles per hour when it ploughed through Earth's atmosphere and burnt up.

The fiery streak lasted about 4.1 seconds and occurred at a height of around 53.2 miles down to 34.6 miles, NASA added, based on more than 50 eyewitness reports and American Meteor Society (AMS) data.

In response to NASA's report, even more people came forward to describe their own sightings on Facebook.

'Sounded Like a Gas Well Exploding'

One said the meteor "shook our entire house close to 9 p.m. in Holly Lake Ranch, Tx. We thought it was an earthquake."

Another said they managed to hear the sound caused by the fireball, which they said "sounded like a gas well exploding."

Footage apparently showing the meteor from the perspective of car dashcams and security cameras has been uploaded online.

Flash and boom from the meteor over Texas/Oklahoma tonight! We’re in Plano. Flash and boom at 8:56:10 pm. pic.twitter.com/wX63QpDsKM

— Matt Turner (@MattTurner02) July 26, 2021

Watch the top left corner! pic.twitter.com/yCxhrHHQ8R

— Brian Smith (@brismit8) July 26, 2021

did anyone in dallas / dfw see this FALL and BREAK APART IN THE SKY pic.twitter.com/r1wq6VNoYc

— mirha (@mirhabanana) July 26, 2021

They show the fiery space rock travelling quickly through the sky, at times flashing particularly brightly.

Currently, Earth is experiencing the Perseid meteor shower which lasts from the middle of July through to late August. During this time skywatchers can spot more shooting stars than normal as the Earth passes through the debris left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle.

However, NASA's Meteor Watch service said that the Texas fireball last night was not due to the Perseids because it was not travelling in the same direction and was also going too slowly.

A meteor and a fireball are technically different, though they are caused by the same thing—a relatively small space rock, known as a meteoroid, entering the Earth's atmosphere at high speed.

A meteor is the name given to the light that a meteoroid gives off as it does so. A fireball is simply a meteor that is particularly bright—brighter than the planet Venus appears in the sky.

Fireballs are actually common; several thousand take place every single day. But many occur over oceans or uninhabited regions or otherwise are covered up by daylight.

Plus, the ones that occur at night may be missed because people tend to be inside sleeping. Nonetheless, the AMS encourages people to report fireballs to them whenever they are spotted.

Sometimes space rocks can enter Earth's atmosphere with such force that the energy released causes a harmful shockwave.

This was the case with the fireball that exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013, injuring around 1,200 people and damaging buildings.

Fiery space rock
A stock image shows an artist's impression of a flaming asteroid or meteoroid. 'Fireball' is the name given to a particularly bright meteor. layritten/Getty