A meteor created quite the stir across Southeast Michigan last night, with some seeing it as far west as Muskegon and as far north as Boyne.
The meteor eventually dissipated, and the remnants created a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in New Haven, just north of Detroit in Macomb County.
According to the Detroit Free Press:
"Not long after the the National Weather Service confirmed the phenomenon wasn't weather-related, NASA confirmed that it was a meteor with a trajectory northwest of Detroit, from Brighton to Howell. People reported seeing the fireball from across Michigan, and even from other states, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Ontario, Canada. Multiple images were posted of night skies being lit up, as social media exploded with people reporting what they saw or heard.
NASA estimates a 2-yard-diameter meteor traveled at about 28,000 m.p.h. as it arrived -– which is considered very slow. For comparison, Leonid meteors that arrive each November are much smaller and move at 160,000 m.p.h., said Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Ala. "The faster you move, the more energy you dump in the atmosphere, which heats you up more and the less you survive," Cooke said. The meteor was a super bolide, meaning its brightness was between the full moon and the sun.
Events such as this occur one to two times per month on this planet. "Not so rare for Earth," Cooke said. "Very rare for Michigan, because it's only a small area." It was a piece of an asteroid, and NASA is investigating where in space it came from.The meteor caused a 2.0 magnitude earthquake, the United States Geological Survey reported on its website. People reported their windows and houses shaking as the meteor arrived.
The meteor broke up about 20 miles over the Earth, causing a shower of space rocks perhaps 1-2 ounces in size. "Material falling was picked up by a doppler weather radar," Cook said, adding that meteorites could be spread over 2½ miles a bit west of the Hamburg Township area, Cooke said."