Daylight meteor spotted streaking across central US

James Marshall
July 12, 2018

The streak - which in at least one video seemed to be traveling along a curiously horizontal trajectory - was actually a fireball blazing a path over IL and Iowa, according to the American Meteor Society, and luckily a few cameras were rolling and pointed in the right direction to capture the event.

The American Meteor Society says that it has amassed almost 600 reports from witnesses spanning many states, but the object is believed to have been positioned mostly over Iowa and extreme Western Illinois.

"The estimated 3D trajectory computed from the witness reports shows an shallow entry angle, one that could be associated with an Earth grazing fireball", wrote Vincent Perlerin for AMS. Some fireballs are more impressive than others, such as a minivan-sized meteor that appeared over Washington state in March. That said, the AMS reported that "many witnesses reported a fragmentation", which means that it may well have entered the Earth's atmosphere. Apparently, the asteroid exploded into pieces when it hit the atmosphere, creating a fireball effect that was spotted by witnesses.

Based on submitted reports, AMS estimated the fireball's pathway from north of Des Moines, running southeast just across the river into IL. Most of those who have seen the fireball were people located in Iowa and IL. Other reports came from Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio and MI - ten in total, including Wisconsin and Kansas. A fireball can graze over any planet in an average interval of 20 hours.

As you can see from the video, the fireballs appears to spend a great deal of time cruising through the upper atmosphere as it bathes itself in flames.

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