Brilliant fireball captured breaking up over several U.S. states


People from across 12 states constitute evidenced an incredible fireball streaking across the sky early Monday morning.

The explores started flowing in to the American Meteor Society (AMS) — an organization that heap ups sightings of meteors — almost immediately, around 2:30 a.m ET.

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«I was in a brightly lit room. I noticed the fireball owing to the blinds in the window in front of me,» Allan F reported to the AMS.» At first, I thought it was a certainly low plane heading towards MKE [General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin], but when I looked right away at it, I recognized that it was a fireball.»

While many didn’t report a reasonable, some did.

«The sound was extremely loud — I was somewhat surprised there were no car bells going off or lights turning on in the neighborhood. My dog is still a little skiddish [sic] and it is certain hours later,» Tami B, who lives in Wisconsin, reported to the AMS.

Meteor fireball report

This map screens the reports of the meteor that lit up the sky early Monday morning. (American Meteor Academy)

The reports came mainly from Wisconsin and Illinois. However, others came in from as far south as southern Indiana and Kentucky. There was also one check out from Ontario.

Most meteors burn up as they enter the environment, but some that are big enough can make it to the ground. And some, if they are notably large, can cause an air burst which is heard as a loud boom.

On February 15, 2013, a magnanimous meteor broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and the resulting air burst stacked out windows, injuring about 1,000 people.

So far there haven’t been any put outs of Monday’s meteor hitting the ground. The AMS estimates that the meteor was restless from the southwest to north east and may have ended up in Lake Michigan.

While locale a meteor as bright as this one is rare, it’s estimated that anywhere between 37,000 and 78,000 tons of meteorite debris drops to Earth each year, mostly in the form of dust-sized particles.

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