TEXAS – Reports of "shooting stars" abound, and it's no surprise as the annual Leonid meteor shower ramps up to a peak this weekend.
At least one particularly loud meteor apparently fizzled over the skies of Austin Thursday night, and there might have been as many as three spotted in the past 24 hours over the Lone Star State.
At around 9:22 p.m. on Thursday, southwest Austin resident Elizabeth Stone says she was facing south at an intersection in the Circle C neighborhood when, all of a sudden, a bright meteor streaked overhead.
As luck would have it, her dash cam captured the very quick but spectacular event, as seen in the above video.
According to Barb Camacho in Dripping Springs, "we thought it was an explosion. We went outside and saw the long trail it left in the sky."
On Twitter, Amy Atchison-Fisher was "outside in Driftwood and heard what sounded like one lone firework being shot off."
Earlier on Thursday evening, viewer Genny Skrobanek says she saw a meteor in the skies over San Antonio that "was a beautiful green color." It reportedly happened around 6:50-6:55 p.m.
Then our own Spectrum News anchor Alex Stockwell reported seeing yet another meteor flying through the skies while she was driving to work around 3 a.m.
Astronomers call for 10 to 20 meteors per hour at the peak, which happens Saturday night through Sunday morning.
The Leonid meteor shower originates from debris from comet Temple-Tuttle, which travels through our solar system every 33 years. Leftover particles the size of a grain of sand burn up as they travel around 100,000 to 160,000 mph into Earth's atmosphere.
If you see or hear evidence of a meteor, please be sure to let us know!