Bright Fireball Over the Great Lakes Area
April 14, 2010 16 Comments
The net is hopping with reports of a brilliant fireball seen from Wisconsin to Missouri. All reports are consistent with a meteor that rivaled the Full Moon in brilliance. Reports of sonic booms also suggest that shattered remains of the small asteroid (original size was probably no larger than a basketball, but that’s only a guess) may have survived to hit the ground as small meteorites (maybe fist sized, probably much smaller).
I’ll try to get more info and maybe even post a sighting/sonic boom map.
In the meantime, here are some comments posted to this blog.
From Jennifer in Spring Grove, IL:
I think I saw a meteor west of where I live in Spring Grove Il a bit after 10 pm today April 14th. It was very large and brite. It lit the whole sky as if a full moon just peeked out from a cloud. It looked very near to the ground before it fizzled out. So low I waited to hear an explosion.
From Amy near Wautoma, WS:
My husband and I were driving in Mt. Morris near Wautoma, Wisconsin. We were out away from the lights of the city and we both saw a large glowing green ball falling out of the sky! It was cool to my husband, but freaked me out. I was scared! I can never seen something like that before! There was no noise….it was just there, like a movie. I didn’t not see it all the way to the ground. It happened on Wednesday April 14, 2010 just before 10PM. Anyone else see this?
UPDATE: The Quad Cities IL/IA National Weather Service Office has a page devoted to the fireball. The site includes links to videos as well as a Doppler Radar image showing possible meteoric debris falling over Grant and Iowa counties.