All eyes were on the night sky Sunday as residents across nine Midwestern states, reported that a fireball (as shown above) to fly.
(Hamilton Township Police Department)
All eyes were on the night sky Sunday as residents across nine Midwest states, reported that a fireball or a bright meteor flying.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) confirmed Monday that it received 270 reports about the fireball event in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“The estimated 3D trajectory calculated on the basis of the witness reports shows a shallow entrance angle, which may be associated with an Earth-grazing fireball,” the AMS is explained in an online post. “But many witnesses reported a fragmentation – it could mean that the meteor actually went through the atmosphere of the Earth.”
https://t.co/EvZac6CpVt – 185-reports so far about a fireball seen from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin on 8 July. #fireball #meteor #citizenscience pic.twitter.com/xlUNze5PU0
— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) 9 July 2018
Several people took to social media Sunday to confirm the impressive perception.
ASTEROID THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD ‘SURPRISE’ FLYBY CLOSE TO EARTH
“Airline crew here, we saw it pass from right to left (north to south) Moline, IL. It left a brilliant green light, and shed a lot of debris as it entered the atmosphere, exploding at the end,” a Twitter user explained.
“Everyone will see the Large Green fireball fly through the air!?????? Just flew over me as I was passing by Mahoney St Park. THAT THING WAS BOOKING!!!!!” another called out.
“I saw the green shooting star / fireball in Saint Paul. Definitely a meteorite,” one user added.
ASTEROID IN AN ORBIT AROUND BACKWARDS AROUND JUPITER IS IN THE 1ST ‘INTERSTELLAR IMMIGRANT’ FROM OUTSIDE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
A meteor forms as a meteor, a sort of space rock, which breaks an asteroid — a rocky body orbiting the sun in the atmosphere of the Earth. As soon as the space debris crosses over, the breaks in what scientists call a “meteor”, which is then evaporated and, as a result of friction and appears as a bright streak of light in the sky.
“Because of their appearance, these streaks of light some people call meteors ‘shooting stars,’ ” NASA explains in a blog post online. “But scientists do know that meteors are not stars at all — they are just pieces of the rock!”
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