VIDEO: Meteor Breaks Up Over Windsor And Detroit Skies

Tuesday January 16th, 2018

Posted at 9:28pm


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A meteor that streaked across Southwestern Ontario and Michigan, Tuesday night, registered as an earthquake according to US officials.

The United States Geological Survey says the force of the meteor, which broke up in the atmosphere, registered as a magnitude 2.0 earthquake. Officials say however the magnitude reported for the meteor cannot be directly used to compare its size to an earthquake because the source of the seismic signals are different.

Video captured by windsoriteDOTca’s Weather Cam showed the meteor streaking across Downtown Windsor/Detroit at 8:08pm. The video, captured from a camera facing North in Downtown Windsor, shows a bright flash of light moving in a northwesterly direction and appears to break up in a bright flash.

The meteor was reportedly seen as far away as western Michigan.

A statement from NASA in the United States says the meteor, about two metres in diameter, was likely moving at about 45,000 km/h when it entered the atmosphere and began to disintegrate.

“Shooting stars, or meteors, are bits of interplanetary material falling through Earth’s atmosphere and heated to incandescence by friction,” reads a statement from NASA. “These objects are called meteoroids as they are hurtling through space, becoming meteors for the few seconds they streak across the sky and create glowing trails.”

NASA says it’s likely small fragments of the meteor, called meteorites, will be found on the ground in Michigan.

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