Meteor 'footage' shared by Michigan police department is the best you'll see

Posted January 18, 2018

A brilliant fireball lit up the night sky over southeastern Michigan Tuesday (Jan. 16), dazzling skywatchers lucky enough to see it.

The meteor exploded with so much force that it caused a 2.0-magnitude quake, according to the United States Geological Survey.

A map posted on the organization's website shows several reports throughout Metro Detroit.

The National Weather Service in Detroit confirmed the streak of light was not lightning and the boom was not thunder.

Meteors strike the planet every day.they are the small ones about the size of a Grape-Nut. I can check it myself, and then recommend you to a scientist who can give us official confirmation.

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Reports suggest pieces of the meteor made it to the ground.

Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells The Detroit News it was "definitely a meteoroid" and a rare sight for MI.

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

News stations in MI were flooded with reports from eyewitnesses.

In further tweets the NWS Detroit said the meteor was about 182 centimetres in diameter and was travelling at 45,000kph before breaking up at least 32km above the ground.

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Since most meteorites have some iron in them, they are magnetic.

In a post on eBay about how much a meteorite is worth, the writer says, "meteorites are rarer than gold, platinum, diamonds or emeralds".

That light was a meteor entering the atmosphere over southeast MI.

Last night a suspected fireball meteor exploded through the atmosphere over Southeast Michigan.

You can see more images and videos on Twitter at #meteor.

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Doppler radar, normally used to track precipitation and storm motion, has become a valuable tool for meteorite hunters in recent years.