Fireball Lights Up Night Sky As Meteor Spotted In Midwestern Skies

The night sky briefly lit up in MI on Tuesday night, with a bright flash of light and a loud noise that startled residents.

The United States Geological Survey even registered a mild 2.0-magnitude shake due to the meteor.

Metro Detroit is waking up this morning after last night's meteor madness, wondering what exactly happened. Fred Levine said through an email that while he was sitting in his living room in Commerce Township, he saw a bright flashing light, most probably lightning, outside his west-facing front door, at about 8:19 p.m. The fireball had perhaps a brightness between the full moon and the sun.

"It was definitely a meteor", Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Social media erupted with thousands of people concerned by what was happening and looking for solutions.

It also came with a sonic boom: People also reported the loud sound shook their houses.

"We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor", the NWS said.

One of the cameras in NASA's All-sky Fireball Network caught a glimpse of the meteor.

Per CBS, numerous other social media users captured shots of the moment the suspected meteor broke up in the skies over MI. The object was primarily seen in MI, but the AMS also received reports from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Ontario.

The NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page reported that, based on their calculations, "this was a very slow moving meteor - speed of about 28,000 miles per hour".

Mr. Mak and Mr. Beatty said it's likely meteorites reached the ground Tuesday in MI.

Michael Narlock, the head of astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science says it is possible there might be pieces on the ground of the meteor that caused a 2.0 magnitude quake across metro Detroit. But this measurement doesn't express how much energy the meteor released as it flew overhead, Bellini said.

  • Rogelio Becker