SE Michigan meteor was 'classic bolide'

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Residents of the Detroit metro area were shaken Tuesday night by a one- or two-yard meteor that exploded in the skies.

The American Meteor Society collected at least 200 reports of the incident, which for around a second was so bright it lit parts of the Detroit region like it was daytime. Kalamazoo astronomer Richard Bell says a meteor is basically a small chunk of rock or metal that enters the earth's atmosphere and starts to burn up.

The meteor did not cause damage on the ground in Southeast Michigan, but registered on the Richter scale the same as a magnitude 2.0 quake on the surface of the earth.

"We happen to be fortunate in the Chicago area because just past year in February of 2017 we had a bright meteor that came in over Wisconsin and that was visible as well in the Chicago area", Hammergren said. I can check it myself, and then recommend you to a scientist who can give us official confirmation.

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View videos of the fireball in the player above.

Other states where people reported seeing a fireball included Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. He went on to say that this particular fireball was caused by a small asteroid just one to two yards in diameter moving at an incredible speed of 28000 miles per hour.

Social media erupted with thousands of people concerned by what was happening and looking for solutions. Since meteorites are rare, they can be rather valuable.

A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation. "They didn't make it into a planet like the Earth, so they can tell you something about the history of what happened before the Earth existed. Let's see what the meteorite hunters find", the post read.

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