Apr 152012
 

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.

ABC7

Meteor Lit Up Midwestern Skies, Caused Hundreds to Call National Weather Service

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.

Meteor Lit Up Midwestern Skies, Caused Hundreds to Call National Weather Service: MyFoxCHICAGO.com

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CBS Chgo. Stargazers Spot Meteor Streaking Across Chicago Area Skies

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