All eyes had been on the night sky Sunday as residents throughout 9 Midwest states reported seeing a fireball, or a vivid meteor, fly by.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) confirmed Monday that it acquired 270 reviews in regards to the fireball occasion all through Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“The estimated 3D trajectory computed from the witness reviews reveals an shallow entry angle, one which could possibly be related to an Earth grazing fireball,” the AMS defined in a submit on-line. “However many witnesses reported a fragmentation – it might imply the meteoroid truly went by the Earth environment.”
A number of individuals took to social media Sunday to verify the spectacular sighting.
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“Airline crew right here, we noticed it go from proper to left (north to south) over Moline, IL. It left an excellent inexperienced gentle, and shed plenty of particles because it entered the environment, exploding on the finish,” one Twitter person defined.
“Anybody simply see the Huge Inexperienced fireball fly through the sky!?????? Simply flew over me as I used to be passing Mahoney St Park. THAT THING WAS BOOKING IT!!!!!” one other exclaimed.
“I additionally noticed the inexperienced taking pictures star / fireball in Saint Paul. Positively a meteorite,” one person added.
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A meteor types when a meteoroid, a kind of area rock that breaks off from an asteroid — a rocky physique orbiting the solar — enters Earth’s environment. As quickly because the area particles crosses over, it breaks down into what scientists name a “meteor,” which then vaporizes and, because of friction, seems as a vivid streak of sunshine within the sky.
“Due to their look, these streaks of sunshine some individuals name meteors ‘taking pictures stars,'” NASA explains in a weblog submit on-line. “However scientists know that meteors aren’t stars in any respect — they’re simply bits of rock!”