Fireball seen across Midwest skies Sunday evening

Many Iowans were lucky enough to have their eyes to the sky Sunday evening around 8:45

The streak - which in at least one video seemed to be traveling along a curiously horizontal trajectory - was actually a fireball blazing a path over IL and Iowa, according to the American Meteor Society, and luckily a few cameras were rolling and pointed in the right direction to capture the event. Hundreds of people in Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, and IL reported seeing a ball of light streak across the sky between 8:30 and 9:00 pm CDT yesterday. Experts estimate the meteor had a shallow entry angle, but some witnesses claim they saw the meteor fragment, which means it may have actually punched through the atmosphere.

More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society. One woman who filed a report with the AMS said she heard a loud boom after the fireball passed.

Based on submitted reports, AMS estimated the fireball's pathway from north of Des Moines, running southeast just across the river into IL.

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The meteor likely entered the atmosphere at a ideal angle, allowing it to be easily spotted by people in the area, said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, according to the Illinois Daily Herald. Most of those who have seen the fireball were people located in Iowa and IL. The event happened around 8:40 p.m. CDT in Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan and other nearby states. A fireball can graze over any planet in an average interval of 20 hours.

As you can see from the video, the fireballs appears to spend a great deal of time cruising through the upper atmosphere as it bathes itself in flames.

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