Fireball lights up the sky -- what was it?

Suspected meteorite buzzes Detroit

Suspected meteorite buzzes Detroit

The bright light and thunderous noise that startled residents of the U.S. Midwest and Windsor, Ontario was a meteor, the United States Geological Society has confirmed.

The meteor passed over metro Detroit and even caused a boom that registered a 2.0 on the Richter scale.

The US Geological Survey confirmed the magnitude 2.0 natural disaster had an epicenter just north of New Haven, Michigan (roughly 40 miles north of Detroit) after the meteor entered and struck the Earth. Videos showed a bright flash of light, followed by a pop nearly like a light bulb burning out. "All signs are that it was only a characteristic meteor fireball".

Bill Cooke, Lead of the NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told the Washington Post that the event was definitely a MI meteor.

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The meteor lit up the sky and social media was flooded with videos of its blinding light.

A NASA account tweeted data from the GOES16 satellite that may have also caught the meteor entering earth's atmosphere. The object was primarily seen in MI, but the AMS also received reports from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Ontario. The seismic waves observed from these events are typically not from an impact but instead are sound waves generated in the atmosphere. The heat of gas vaporizes the meteorite, turning it into what we commonly call a meteor. And once again, the value of a dashcam has been proven as motorists, among other inadvertent videographers, captured images of the meteor that exploded in the skies over MI on Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service have not confirmed that it was a meteor and say they are still trying to work out what caused the "rare occurrence".

People in northern MI also reported seeing a flash in the sky as the meteor came crashing down. It is likely that there are meteorites on the ground near this region. The American Meteor Society said it received more than 355 reports about the fireball, which was primarily spotted in MI, but also spotted in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario.

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