NASA saw that blazing, earth-shaking meteor fireball

Erica Roy
January 18, 2018

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.

The United States Geological Survey even registered a mild 2.0-magnitude shake due to the meteor.

"It looks like from videos and reports we've gotten [that it's a] meteor", said Jordan Dale, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake, in an interview with Detroit Free Press. Whitford calls it a special event for MI. "We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor", read a tweet posted almost two hours before the NWS confirmed it was a meteor.

The USGS earthquake's hazard program recorded a 2.0 quake in MI most likely related to the meteor.

Bill Cooke, an Alabama-based scientist with NASA's meteoroid environment office, told The Detroit News that while events like these are common in some regions, occurring as often as a few times each month in some regions, they're quite rare in metro Detroit.

If you were looking up in the sky Tuesday night, you may have seen a meteor streaking across the skies of MI. "We just put it out there because we saw reports coming into our system about some vibrations in MI". A meteor shower is simply several samller meteors passing through the earths upper atmosphere.

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People in northern MI also reported seeing a flash in the sky as the meteor came crashing down. Meteoroids the size of pebbles or gravel can easily produce bright fireballs as they travel at tens of thousands of kilometres per hour through the atmosphere.

"The faster you move, the more energy you dump in the atmosphere, which heats you up more and the less you survive", Cooke said.

A loud boom from a meteor caused the ground to shake in southeastern MI.

Social media erupted with thousands of people concerned by what was happening and looking for solutions.

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

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