The National Weather Service says that the most likely explanation for an object which sent out illumination and a sonic boom throughout southwest MI, five other U.S. states, and Canada on Tuesday night local time was the breakup of a meteor, WXYZ reported.
The shaking wasn't exaggerated, either-the U.S. Geological Service registered a 2.0 magnitude quake in that area last night.
- Since 8 pm Tuesday, Metro Detroit has been a buzz with talk of the meteor, whether you saw and heard it or not.
However, the measurement doesn't exactly indicate the energy that the meteor released.
"It was definitely a meteor", Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Video footage of the unusual event shows the night sky suddenly light up as if it was daytime before quickly turning dark again.
NASA said a satellite that monitors lightning might have detected the fireball from the likely meteor.
Nichols estimated the meteor was traveling roughly 30,000 miles an hour as it entered the atmosphere. "One is that [hundreds] of people reported there was an explosion and a big flash in the sky, and there was a boom". The heat of gas vaporizes the meteorite, turning it into what we commonly call a meteor.
It made the ground shake, locals say, and NASA has confirmed the terrifying object was a meteor.
It was snowing in the Detroit area, where scientists believe the meteorites landed, so they could be tough to find.
Jordan Dale, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake, said the flash in the sky was likely a meteor. For comparison, the very large Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over western Russian in February 2013, causing property damage and injuries, was about 20 meters across and was moving at more than 40,000 miles per hour.
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