Meteor caught on WHIO-TV weather camera

Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

A meteor was caught on the WHIO Troy tower cam.

The American Meteor Society which keeps logs of fireball sightings across the United States reported more than 150 people saw a fireball late Sunday night/early Monday morning. 

The highest concentration of reports were in Wisconsin and Illinois. 

The fireball was even caught on the WHIO-TV weather camera that overlooks downtown Troy.

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Great videos of the bright spectacle in the sky appeared online including some impressive dash camera video from Lisle, IL police department.  

What is a fireball?

A fireball is just a very bright meteor. It is as bright as the planet Venus which we can see in the evening or morning at different times during the year. 

A meteor is a piece of space debris that enters the Earth’s atmosphere and begins to burn up. 

Many report seeing different colors when they spot a fireball. The color actually has to do with the make-up of the space rock. 

If a piece of the meteor makes it to the Earth’s surface it would be called a meteorite. Fireballs are actually quite common, with thousands in the sky each day, typically they occur over the ocean where people don’t see them.

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