Great Lakes region experiences bright flash in the sky possibly due to a meteor

A bright flash traveling across the sky is reported. Some even heard a loud noise which appeared to be a meteor.

This took place around 8:05 p.m. on Jan.16.

The flash was seen in Traverse City, Chicago and numerous locations in southeast Michigan.

Multiple viewers and staff contacted WKOW to report the object. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the object was seen as far away as Detroit, Michigan.

Residents in Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and other cities in southeast Michigan reported hearing and seeing the “boom and flash in the sky” about 8:15 p.m. Some said they felt their homes shake.

According to reports people nearby states, including Illinois and Ohio, as well as across the border in Ontario, also saw something unusual in the sky about the same time.

Though the National Weather Service in Detroit couldn’t confirm but suggested the flash could’ve been caused by a meteor.

“After looking at various observational datasets, [the NWS has] confirmed that it was not lightning or thunder, but instead a possible meteor or some other astronomical activity,” Rich Pollman, a meteorologist at NWS Detroit, told.

Brian Ottum, Ph.D., an amateur astronomer from Ann Arbor says a meteor can produce a loud noise when it passes by you over the speed of sound.

Sources report, only two people have been injured by meteors, but many buildings have been damaged by them.

It is also reported that the National Weather Service Detroit said the  United States Geological Survey confirmed that the meteor occurred caused a 2.0 earthquake.

Image Source: Asteroid Day Org

by Israt Yasmin, The Blogging Connection

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