More Reports Of Mysterious Fireballs Sailing Across The Sky
Dozens of new claims have been flooding in across the Midwest, all of which report seeing a bright flash that fell from the sky and disappeared a couple hundred feet above the horizon.
The American Meteor Society received 77 reports of a fireball seen over Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky.
One witness claims “I saw a streak of white light followed by a burst of yellow/orange before the object disappeared,” while another stated “it looked like a white flash traveling down quickly and ended in a brighter flash a couple of hundred feet above the horizon.”
The American Meteor Society explain the term on their website, and define a fireball as another term for a very bright meteor, identifying the sighting as “A bolide, which is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.”
Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.”
They go on to state that the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event and encourage anyone who saw the fireball to report it on the website.