April 12, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — People in seven states reported seeing a fireball in the sky last night.
They weren’t sure exactly what was streaking across the sky, but astronomers from the Adler Planetarium confirm it was a meteor.
“This was a very bright meteor,” said astronomer Dr. Mark Hammergren. “It was brighter than the planet Venus is in the sky. So almost as bright as like a quarter moon. So that’s very bright as far as these go.”
There’s no predicting meteors, but astronomers say April tends to be a good time for spotting fireballs because there’s a higher concentration of debris from the asteroid belt at this time of the year.
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It was all caused by a meteor over southeastern Wisconsin .
The Lyrids meteor show is expected to take place April 21 and 22. One hundred meteors an hour are expected for that show.