Meteor streaks across the sky over Windsor and Detroit area


Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told The Detroit News it was "definitely a meteoroid" and a rare sight for MI.

The group suggested pieces of the meteor may even be found in MI.

The meteor lit up the southeast MI skies and caused a magnitude 2.0 quake 40 miles from Detroit, according to the NWS. The society later concluded that it was a "slow moving meteor" traveling at a speed of 28,000 miles per hour.

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The American Meteor Society said people as far east as Pittsburgh and as far west as Madison, Wis., reported seeing the fireball. Narlock was among those who were amazed at the display that shook up a random Tuesday night. We have chosen a few of the better videos out there, and you can see them all embedded in the post below. "One is that [hundreds] of people reported there was an explosion and a big flash in the sky, and there was a boom". But as Lindsey Bever of the Washington Post reports, it was soon determined that the cause of the mysterious flash was a rare astronomical phenomenon: a meteor exploding in Earth's atmosphere with a fiery blast. It produced many meteorites, the largest of which was about 60 centimetres across and weighed around 300 kilograms.

NASA scientists also found it "likely that there are meteorites on the ground", noting that a staffer at Johnson Space Center found a "Doppler weather radar signature characteristic of meteoritic material falling to earth". It likely it burned up in the atmosphere. That means it's possible that meteorites could be found somewhere to the northwest of Detroit. The meteor traveled at about 28,000 miles per hour over Brighton westward towards Howell, northwest of Detroit, according to a NASA Meteor Watch Facebook post.

Now the hunt is on to find pieces of the meteor that could help tell the story of the history of our planet. They're also popular with collectors, giving them significant financial value.