Fireball seen across Midwest skies Sunday evening

Many Iowans were lucky enough to have their eyes to the sky Sunday evening around 8:45

The blazing line was spotted streaking across the sky by people in ten states, according to witness reports. The streak - which in at least one video seemed to be traveling along a curiously horizontal trajectory - was actually a fireball blazing a path over IL and Iowa, according to the American Meteor Society, and luckily a few cameras were rolling and pointed in the right direction to capture the event.

AMS defines fireball as an extremely bright meteor, as bright as Venus when it appears as the morning or evening star.

One such skywatcher was photographer and missouriskies.org owner Dan Bush, who happened to have not one, but two unmanned video cameras aimed at the horizon.

The object is spotted at a great distance, appearing relatively small from the vantage point of land.

According to Vincent Perlerin, community manager of the American Meteor Society, the fireball was primarily spotted in Iowa and IL, but it was also witnessed by people in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. If the latter was true, this would mean that the fireball has actually entered the Earth's atmosphere without being detected prior to its landing.

Instead, it was a rather ordinary space rock burning up in that extraordinary way they do when they collide with our atmosphere.

More than 200 reports about a fireball visible across the central United States were submitted to the American Meteor Society.

"The estimated 3D trajectory computed from the witness reports shows an shallow entry angle, one that could be associated with an Earth grazing fireball", wrote Vincent Perlerin for AMS.

According to those reports, people in the area heard a loud booming sound in addition to seeing the bright streak.

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