NASA saw that blazing, earth-shaking meteor fireball

NASA saw that blazing, earth-shaking meteor fireball

At about 8:10 p.m. ET witnesses in MI and several surrounding states reported hearing a loud boom and a brief blazing flash in the sky, said the American Meteor Society.

The meteor survived the Earth's atmosphere and plummeted into view at 8:10 p.m. local time, causing the equivalent of a magnitude 2.0 quake, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Just past 8 p.m. last night, a meteor tore through the skies of MI.

The National Weather Service and United States Geological Survey confirmed that a meteor lit up the skies across MI and in several other states on Tuesday night.

Early last night local time, a meteor rocketed through the skies of southern MI, giving local residents a dramatic (if brief) light show. The fireball had perhaps a brightness between the full moon and the sun.

Bill Cooke, of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, told Detroit News the same, and that it likely tipped the scales at about one tonne.

Bill Cooke, the lead of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said Tuesday night's phenomenon occurred when a meteor, measuring about two yards in diameter and traveling at about 28,000 miles per hour, entered the Earth's atmosphere over MI. "We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor. #miwx", NWS tweeted.

On Tuesday evening (Jan. 16), people in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, were treated to the awe-inspiring view of a meteor streaking across the night sky.

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

The meteor appeared in the sky about five miles southwest of New Haven, Mich., 35 miles northwest of Detroit, according to the U.S.

The meteor lit up the sky and social media was flooded with videos of its blinding light. But this measurement doesn't express how much energy the meteor released as it flew overhead, Bellini said.

It was snowing in the Detroit area, where scientists believe the meteorites landed, so they could be tough to find.

This meteor also came with a sonic boom, with many reporting a loud sound.

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