Fireball Cuts Through the Sky Over Michigan as Meteor Falls

Fireball Cuts Through the Sky Over Michigan as Meteor Falls

People across MI and in several other states and in Canada reported a giant fireball lighting up the sky on Tuesday around 8:10 p.m.

A fireball from a descending meteor lit up the sky north of Detroit on Tuesday night, creating a brief spectacle that people across the northern United States and parts of Canada reported seeing. But meteorologists have since confirmed that it was not a regular weather event, and was an unexpected MI meteor that caused a small natural disaster that reverberated through downtown Detroit. The meteor was recorded here as a bright light.

NASA officials are now analyzing the data but reports from the organizations Meteoroid Environmental Office in Alabama told The Detroit News.

MI residents were perplexed when a falling meteor lit up the night sky. 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.

"What they saw was called a fireball, and a fireball is a very brightly glowing meteor traveling really fast into the Earth's atmosphere", said Michelle Nichols, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium.

According to the American Meteor Society, aside from MI, the meteor was also visible in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and even in Canada.

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"T$3 his was a very slow moving meteor - speed of about 28,000 miles per hour", NASA's Meteor Watch writes on its Facebook page.

Even the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, which was likely around 20 metres across and weighed around 13,000 tonnes, did most of its damage from the airburst as it exploded in the air.

Experts say what looked like thunder with a flash of light in the sky above Detroit was likely a meteor.

Kelly Beatty, senior editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, said meteors and meteorites are a bit like seashells.

There were also many other people in the region, which included the Detroit metro area, who did not see the meteor but only saw the flash from the fireball explosion.

The flash and blast was "NOT thunder or lightning, but rather a conceivable meteor", tweeted the National Weather Service (NWS) for Detroit.

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