Meteor lights up sky over MI

A meteor was spotted in the sky shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 16 in a number of areas throughout Southeast Michigan

Late Tuesday, residents in MI were left a bit shaken after a meteor made a decision to light up the night and bring with it an quake.

Hundreds of people reported seeing a fireball in the night sky Tuesday, and a local astronomer is calling it a bolide, a meteor that explodes in the earth's atmosphere. The space rock broke up in the atmosphere at 8:05 pm EST in an explosion that was large enough to register as a 2.0 natural disaster. A MI meteor crashed down around the Detroit metro area at 8:15 pm ET on January 16th, and the impact caused a magnitude 2 quake. By now you've probably seen the videos, maybe even saw the bright flash in person. "We've gotten numerous phone calls", Behnke said.

The meteor passed over MI skies around 8:10 p.m. eastern time Tuesday. While NASA's footage shows a far-off streak of light, amateur video captured by people and security cameras around MI give us a much better look at the meteorite as it comes crashing down to Earth.

A huge fireball in the sky caused an quake in MI.




Kyle said there was a Detroit TV station that had a helicopter up looking for an impact crater or piece of meteor.

NASA's Bill Cooke, at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, estimated the Detroit meteor was no bigger than 1 to 2 yards in diameter.

Michigan State Police troopers reported seeing the light as well, and the police agency also received reports. "This one coming through was a bit of a rarity, but it could be one of many particles or it could be a rouge particle", said Dr. "Really smooth, unique", Hankey said. "They didn't make it into a planet like the Earth, so they can tell you something about the history of what happened before the Earth existed". "Let's see what the meteorite hunters find".

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