Fireball blazed across US Midwest sky

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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According to the American Meteor Society, a fireball blazed across the night sky across 10 states in the Midwest. The organization has received almost 300 reports from citizens across the nation as of Friday evening, and many of them turned to social media outlets to share their rare experience.

Usually, meteors – space rocks or other materials that enter Earth’s atmosphere –  are no bigger than the size of a pebble. They travel many times faster than a speeding bullet, and they emit a flash of light as they enter our planet’s atmosphere.

The phenomenon is commonly referred to as a falling star, and about 99.99% of the meteors are vaporized into nothing because they’re so small. Larger meteors will give off a bright light, and if it’s brighter than the planet Venus, they are classified as fireballs.

This particular fireball was spotted Thursday night around 7pm.

The flying fiery blaze was described as being very bright, colorful, and speedy. It appeared as if the bright rock was travelling straight down, but the AMS explains that was just an illusion. Thank goodness the Earth’s atmosphere is there to protect us from an event like that… we wouldn’t want to end up like the Moon, now would we?

Featured image courtesy of Bill Shupp on Flickr.