NASA spots extremely bright meteor streak through the Alabama sky

Dozens of people in the Southeast U.S. were treated to a special cosmic show in the wee hours of Friday morning.

A bright meteor above Alabama on August 17, 2018.

An exceedingly bright fireball meteor streaked above that part of the country at about 1:19 a.m. ET on Friday, and it was caught in the act by NASA’s all sky cameras in Alabama.

“Early results indicate the fireball, which was at least 40 times as bright as the Full Moon, was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet (2 meters) in diameter,” NASA said in a Facebook post.

It’s possible that some small pieces of the meteor made it to the ground — where they’re known as meteorites — but it’s unclear whether any small chunks made it all the way through the atmosphere, NASA added.

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Montana governor supports assault weapon ban

The Democrat is believed to be pondering a 2020 presidential run.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Sunday said he would support a ban on semiautomatic weapons — the strongest stance the Democratic governor has taken on gun control as he weighs a possible run for the 2020 presidential election.

Bullock told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” that firearm owners and those who want more gun control have the same goal: keeping their families safe.

“If we really step back for a minute, I think most folks that live in Montana and elsewhere that are firearm owners want to keep themselves and their families safe. It’s not unlike folks who say that all these school tragedies and everything that’s been happening,” he said.

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Amid new shootings, Chicago girds for yet another weekend of crime and violence | Fox News

A 3-year-old boy was among seven people shot in a single incident in Chicago on Friday night as the city braced itself for another weekend of bloodshed and violence.

Kenwon Parker would have turned 16 on Saturday. But instead of celebrating an important milestone in a young person’s life, his friends and family are mourning his death.

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