Spring is fireball season, but mystery as to why - Tucson News Now

Spring is fireball season, but mystery as to why

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From: Yuichi Takasaka ‏@ytakasaka (on Twitter) From: Yuichi Takasaka ‏@ytakasaka (on Twitter)

In spring, the there is an uptick in the number of fireballs in the sky.

Fireballs are the nickname for bright meteors, which hit the Earth's outer atmosphere and burn up because of the friction produced between the atmosphere and the meteor.

NASA says the number of fireballs "climbs 10 percent to 30 percent" in the spring and the reason remains a mystery.

NASA, along with astronomers across the globe are researching this mystery. 

According to NASA "one hypothesis is that more space debris litters this section of Earth's orbit."

NASA is gathering data with a dozen cameras trained on the night sky in the All Sky Fireball Network

The below image was captured on Sunday night by one of the cameras.  

You can see the fireball streaking across the sky on the right-hand side of the image. 

But not all fireball images are captured by NASA.  

Last week Yuichi Takasaka ‏@ytakasaka (on Twitter) snapped this amazing image of a fireball over Canada mixing with the Northern Lights. 

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