A brilliant fireball lit up the night sky over southern Michigan Tuesday (Jan. 16), dazzling skywatchers lucky enough to see it. Many more felt the earth shake from the meteor's sonic boom, according to media reports.
The meteor occurred at 8:10 p.m. CST and registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake, officials with the National Weather Service wrote in an alert. The American Meteor Society has received 399 sightings of the brilliant fireball, which lit up social media.Take a look at some of those sightings:
Dashcam footage of the Michigan meteor that happened tonight: pic.twitter.com/R7QI7kHOtc— Michigan Bests (@MichiganBests) January 17, 2018
After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor. #miwx— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 17, 2018
A meteor was recently spotted near Detroit! ARMY as far away as toledo, Ohio were able to see the light from reentry! Did y’all see it? pic.twitter.com/z2pwcs7lhU— BTSxMichigan (@BTSxMichigan) January 17, 2018
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? According to USGS, the white flash is a meteor. Eric Brow in Michigan captured a glimpse from his security system.— KRDO NewsChannel 13 (@KRDONC13) January 17, 2018
Full story: https://t.co/mTdfov8Y3v pic.twitter.com/wmU8c0L4m4
You can see more images and videos on Twitter at #meteor.
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