A fireball from Texas lights up the night sky near Austin

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A massive meteor streaked across the sky over Texas on Sunday evening, briefly lighting up the night before burning up as it entered the atmosphere.

The fireball entered the atmosphere over Cistern, Texas, about 45 miles southeast of Austin, and ended a few miles south of the state capital, according to the American Meteor Society.

Hundreds of reports came in of the meteor across central Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The fireball burned after entering the atmosphere over central Texas.
(Armando Pena Jr via Fox 7 Austin)

Several thousand meteors rain down on Earth each day, but most of them are the size of pebbles and occur over the ocean, uninhabited regions or during the day.

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A fireball is simply a meteor bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

The fireball lit up the night sky for a few seconds before burning up.

The fireball lit up the night sky for a few seconds before burning up.
(Armando Pena Jr via Fox 7 Austin)

“Several witnesses near the flight path reported hearing a delayed sonic boom, indicating that this fireball may have survived to the lower atmosphere,” wrote Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society.

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This fireball was likely part of the Alpha Capricornid meteor shower, which peaks on July 31.

Fox News’ Jonathan Moore contributed to this report.

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