A Meteor Over Michigan? It Can Happen.

  • But it may feel like an earthquake and that is just weird.

If you live in the Midwest, but felt a shake like an earthquake, what would you think it was? This happened to people in Detroit earlier this year.  

According to experts, a bright light and the sound of thunder was all created from a meteor. The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports that night of a fireball in the night sky. Most calls came from Detroit residents but there were also calls from several other states including Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri. Even areas of Ontario, Canada called to report sightings.

The event was so intense that some people reported that their homes were shaking. That’s crazy.

“All of the sudden, the whole yard started getting brighter, kind of yellowish-orange, like a flashbulb, then got black,” said resident Mike Tarkowski. “It was something big and it was something up in the air.”

The American Meteor Society suggest that a space rock penetrated deep into the Earth’s atmosphere before it broke apart. It even registered a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan.

NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said it was “definitely a meteoroid,” and this is a strange sight for Michigan. “Over Michigan, they’re rare,” he said. But elsewhere on the planet, “they happen a few times every month.”

According to Paul Gross, a meteorologist with an affiliate of NBC, the bright light and loud noise might have been caused by a bolide — a type of meteor that breaks up in the atmosphere.

“Another question being asked is if any parts of the meteor hit Earth,” Gross had tweeted. “Very unlikely…probably burned up entirely. Most meteors are the size of a Grape Nuts cereal nugget, this one MIGHT have been a foot or two across.”

Even without any damage and an explanation, this is weird news. Kind of cool though, to be honest.

 

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