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Published On: Tue, Feb 7th, 2017

VIDEOS: ‘Fireball’ meteor races across Illinois and Wisconsin, landing in Lake Michigan

A fireball zoomed across the sky over Illinois and Wisconsin overnight. The trajectory of the fireball would put landfall in northern Lake Michigan.

The fireball was seen around 2:25 a.m. Eastern Time, according to the American Meteor Society.

Based on the sightings and trajectory of the fireball, the American Meteor Society has produced this animation showing the estimated location of impact with the earth. The location is in northern Lake Michigan, west of Frankfort, MI.

The Washington Post detailed that “A meteor is what zips through the sky, and meteorites are the rocks that reach the ground when it’s all over. Scientists can tell if a meteor produced meteorites based on the flash — the brighter the explosion, the larger the meteor must have been. Larger meteors have a better chance of staying somewhat intact until they reach the ground.”

Fireball in the sky photo/screenshot YouTube video

At this time there is no knowledge of what the object was that caused the fireball.

Below is a series of videos showing the incident.

From a security camera from Great Bear Lake in Grand Junction, MI.

From a police dashboard camera in Lisle, Illinois.

Yahoo noted that: “The Lisle, Ill., police officer who recorded the video above didn’t have his dashboard camera running before the event, but when he noticed the meteor, he “did a double-take” and then immediately turned it on, he told NBC Chicago. Lisle is a suburb about 20 miles west of Chicago.”

National Weather Service twitter feed: Wisconsin.

From a camera on the roof of the Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin campus.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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