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Meteor lights up night time sky, rattles MI with 'loud increase'
February 21 2018, 05:31 | Irvin Gilbert
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"This goes above the level of what we would call just a bright fireball for a couple reasons", Mr. Beatty said.
The meteor flashed across the sky around 7 p.m.
The meteor lit up the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful boom that rattled homes and onlookers.
University of MI professor of climate and space explained what happens when the meteor enters our atmosphere.
"That could be kind of slow". It was traveling at about 28,000 miles per hour. The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page shared the footage late on Tuesday.
"I would say most folks are pretty safe", he said. But as Lindsey Bever of the Washington Post reports, it was soon determined that the cause of the mysterious flash was a rare astronomical phenomenon: a meteor exploding in Earth's atmosphere with a fiery blast.
"This one seems to have happened quite a distance up in our atmosphere, as evidenced by the fact that folks in Chicago saw the light", he said.
The National Weather Service says the bright light and thunder-like sound in the sky across southern MI may have been a meteor.
Have you ever seen a meteor like this? Most meteors, however, aren't accompanied by any of the source making it to the ground.
The meteorite created a fiery streak seen as far away as New York City, as well as a loud boom heard by many in the Detroit area.
According to NASA, the fireball entered the atmosphere just north of Brighton and landed just west of Howell. "It is likely that there are meteorites on the ground near this region", reports the AMS.
"It's going to be a little hard to identify them".
In the case of the MI meteoroid, NASA's Cooke said, "there are probably meteorites on the ground in southeast MI right now". They were heavily concentrated over southern MI, notably around the Detroit area.