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Likely a meteor; Bright flash and sonic boom light up Toledo

A look at the 'sightings' map from the American Meteor Society. At least 200 people reported spotting the meteor (WNWO)

At approximately 8:05pm on Tuesday, January 16th, a meteor came crashing through the Earth's atmosphere, causing residents of NW Ohio and SE Michigan to ask, 'What in the world was that?'

The answer (sort of) comes to us from the Detroit office of the National Weather Service. Here's their tweet, explaining the phenomenon:

Also being referred to as a 'fireball', which is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky, according to the American Meteor Society.

Higher-than-normal levels of activity on the American Meteor Society web page have caused the site to temporarily crash.


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