Hundreds Witness A Fireball Whooshing Across Central US

All eyes were on the evening sky Sunday as residents across nine Midwestern states reported seeing a fireball fly

According to Vincent Perlerin, community manager of the American Meteor Society, the fireball was primarily spotted in Iowa and IL, but it was also witnessed by people in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The fiery object was noted by the American Meteor Society, which collects witness reports and catalogs them on its website. The organization shared videos of the event from what appears to be security cameras in a rural neighborhood. Bush, who submitted the videos to the AMS described the fireball on his YouTube channel: "It was really hauling the mail as it moved from due North to nearly due East in about 13 seconds".

It appeared to be an Earth Grazer as it never angled toward the Earth.

A request for comment from Bush went unanswered as of press time today.

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It's not often you look skyward in bright daylight and spot a flaming space rock passing overhead, but that's just what happened over the United States and Spain on Monday, with meteor-watching agencies receiving a spate of reports.

A meteor is a fragment broken off from an asteroid or comet orbiting the sun which burns up as it encounters friction from the Earth's atmosphere, turning into a spectacular flaming ball. If the fireball had crashed into the atmosphere, it would have been even brighter and the light would have been classified as a bolide. If the latter was true, this would mean that the fireball has actually entered the Earth's atmosphere without being detected prior to its landing. Some evidence of that fragmentation can be seen in the video below.

They are possible at any time of the year but can be seen more frequently during annual meteor showers.

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