Late-night stargazers in Cambridge, Minnesota and past could have observed — or felt — an enormous fireball that streaked throughout the sky earlier this week.
The meteor, which entered the stratosphere simply after 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, handed over the town earlier than heading east and going darkish over Harris, observer and meteorite hunter Pat Department, who works with the American Meteor Society, advised the Star Tribune.
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Department advised the publication the fireball was seemingly shut sufficient to Earth to “drop pea-to-grape measurement rocks with charred, crusted or chipped edges.”
The meteor, which was “refrigerator-sized,” in response to the Star Tribune, was seen for greater than 50 miles from the place it handed.
One man — recognized solely a Michael B — reported to the American Meteor Society he “noticed a blue gentle brilliant sufficient to make my timber flip blue, like large Christmas gentle have been all of a sudden on them,” in response to the newspaper.
“I appeared up, and what appeared like a big meteor was streaking straight over me. After about three minutes, an explosion sound occurred from far-off, but audible sufficient to make some pheasants in my yard scatter and squawk some,” he added.
Different Minnesota residents reportedly referred to as authorities after listening to what they later discovered was the meteor’s sonic growth.
“It’s very uncommon,” Department advised the Star Tribune of the fireball. “That is certainly one of our greatest occasions of the yr.”
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The meteor got here simply in the future after a separate fireball flashed throughout the sky above the San Francisco Bay Space.
A couple of social media customers took to Twitter to share movies of the out-of-this-world incidence.