A spectacular fireball was seen on Friday over several US states, including Indiana and Wisconsin. The American Meteor Society (AMS) shared a video of the viewing and said there have been about 150 reports of fireballs.
Based on NEWSWEEKRobert Lunsford, AMS Fireball Report Coordinator, reports that the fireball’s flight to the northeast lasted between three and five seconds. According to AMS, the fireball entered the atmosphere in Advance, Indiana, and disintegrated in the Burlington, Indiana area.
Watch the video below:
In addition, the Meteorological Society reported sightings from Indiana, Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky. Mr Lunsford is said to have said that this fireball was likely a “random event” and not related to any specific meteor showers.
“I’ve seen a lot of fireballs in this part of the sky, but it was the biggest,” an Ohio fireball observer told AMS. Another witness said, “I’ve never seen anything like what I just saw. It was beautiful and sexy and made me do a quick search to see who else saw it.” “All I know is that it was huge and impressive to see, even if only for a few seconds. Awesome!” A third added.
Fireball is another term for a brilliant meteor. It is much brighter than an ordinary meteor because the pieces of space debris it produces are larger.
Meteorites, also known as shooting stars, are the streaks of light seen in the sky when asteroids or meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burn up in the process.
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