A meteorite struck the atmosphere over the northeastern United States that some have described as the most amazing thing they have “ever seen”. The fireball has been seen in six different states, including Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, as well as the Canadian city of Toronto, demonstrating just how bright the meteorite is.
The cameras captured this phenomenon, showing a huge blue current radiating across the night sky.
Dozens of people flocked to the International Meteorite Organization (IMO) to report the sighting, with some worried about a nuclear strike.
“The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” Kim told the International Maritime Organization.
Adam said, “It was so fast, I honestly waited halfway for an explosion. I thought for a moment it was a nuclear strike!”
Mizan added, “I couldn’t believe what I saw. It felt like fireworks on the fourth of July for a split second. Really cool.”
Miles said, “It was amazing! I was walking out through the back door and seeing the flash.
“Even though it was a firecracker, it was very loud and very lively. There was no sound either.”
Fireballs are a fairly harmless phenomenon that occurs when a space rock, usually around a meteorite in size, strikes the atmosphere.
These rocks were rolling around space without resistance to air, and as soon as they encountered the atmosphere, air seeped into their pores, causing them to push apart from each other, causing a bright explosion.
The International Maritime Organization said: “Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than usual.
“Given the speed at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments greater than one millimeter in size have the potential to produce a bright flash as they flow across the sky above.
“These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and often they inspire fear and dread for those who see them.”
However, sometimes a large rock makes its way to Earth – as evidenced by the Chelyabinsk meteorite strike.
A 20-meter-high space rock hit the Earth’s atmosphere over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 2013, causing an explosion like this one that shattered windows across the city and injured more than 1,000 people.