Bright Fireball spotted over Michigan

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Over 355 fireball reports from 7 states

The AMS has received over 355 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Michigan on January 16th, 2018 around 08:10pm EST (January 17th 01:10 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from Michigan but was also seen from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Ontario (Canada).

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This was a very slow moving meteor – speed of about 28,000 miles per hour (45,000km/hour). This fact, combined with the brightness of the meteor (which suggests a fairly big space rock), shows that the object penetrated deep into the atmosphere before it broke apart (which produced the sounds heard by at least 77 observers). It is likely that there are meteorites on the ground near this region.

Witness Location and first estimated ground trajectory – AMS Event #168-2018


3 witnesses shared a video of the event through the AMS Fireball Form. All the videos can be found on the related event page.


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