See the Moment a Giant Meteor Exploded Over Michigan
Late Tuesday evening, people living in Michigan got quite the scare when a huge ball of fire ripped through the sky and left many wondering if this was the end of the world.
“I went to turn and I noticed a ball of flame coming at an angle,” Danny McEwen Jr. told the Detroit News. “It just blew up into a bunch of sparks. I didn’t even know what to think. It was kind of odd how orange the sky was behind me and this blaze of flame out of nowhere.”
But, fear not, Michiganders, as according to NASA it was simply a meteor, albeit a big and rare one, that illuminated your Tuesday night.
As the space agency explained, a meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere just after 8 p.m. local time. And really, there is no other conspiracy theory that can play in here. “It was definitely a meteor,” Bill Cooke, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office lead at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told the Washington Post.
The ball of fire, Cooke further explained, was caused by a passing asteroid that was likely one to two yards in diameter and moving at 28,000 mph. And it’s obvious why people were so startled by the sight. “For an area like Michigan,” Cooke said, “it’s very rare.”
Even more rare is the fact that the meteor caused a 2.0 earthquake as it made impact with the earth.
“Anybody that saw it is lucky,” Bob Trembley, a former outreach officer for the Warren Astronomical Society and volunteer NASA/JPL solar system ambassador, additionally told the Detroit News. And surely, anybody who saw it was tweeting about it as it became an instant viral sensation just moments after impact. Check out a few of the videos, photos, and memories shared on Twitter below.