All eyes were in the evening sky on Sunday, when residents from nine central states reported seeing them fly a fireball or a bright meteor.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) confirmed Monday that it received 270 reports of the fireball event in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
"The estimated 3D trajectory calculated from the witness accounts shows a shallow entrance angle that could be associated with an earthly fireball," the AMS said online in a post. "But many witnesses reported a fragmentation – it could mean that the meteoroid has actually passed through the Earth's atmosphere."
Several people attended social media on Sunday to confirm the impressive view.
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"Flight crew here, we saw it from right to left (north to south) passing through Moline, IL It left a bright green light and scattered many debris It penetrated the atmosphere and exploded in the end, "said a Twitter user.
"Everyone just sees the big green fireball fly through the sky!" I just scanned myself as I passed Mahoney St. Park. THIS SHOULD BOOK !!!!! Another shouted "
" I also saw the green shooting star / fireball in Saint Paul. Definitely a meteorite, "added one user.
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A meteor forms when a meteoroid, a kind of space rock breaking into the earth's atmosphere from an asteroid – a rocky body orbiting the Sun – once the space debris is crossed, it breaks down into what the scientists call a "meteor," which then evaporates as well Result of friction as a bright strip of light appears in the sky.
"Because of their appearance, these stripes of light some people call shooting stars," NASA explains in a blog post online. "But scientists know that meteors are not stars – they're just a bit Rock! "