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Sep 29, 2013 3:02 AM by CNN/KRTV

Watch: Meteor lights up sky over the Midwest

GREENWOOD, INDIANA - Here's something you don't see often - a meteor, bright enough to light up the night sky!

This was captured on camera in Greenwood, Indiana, on Friday, September 27th.

The American Meteor Socity keeps track of such things; they say shooting stars are seen more frequently around this time of year.

The AMS says: "A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation."


Several people in and around Great Falls reported seeing something similar on Friday.

The AMS reports that a fireball was reported at about 10:30 p.m. (Montana time) on Friday night:

The mid west has witnessed two major fireball events in less than 2 days. The latest occurred last night September 27th around 11:30 PM local time over central Ohio. The AMS has tagged over 450 witness reports to this event so far and there are still over 400 awaiting review.


Animated images of Indiana fireball:

Meteor lights up sky over the Midwest

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